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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LVII 



JANUARY 1, 1979 



N0.1 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD; Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

LIVING SERMONS 

There isn't a word that a preacher can say, 

No matter how lovely or true, 
Nor is there a prayer that his eager lips pray 

That can preach such a sermon as you. 
You vowed to serve Christ, as men know that you did — 

They're watching the things that you do; 
There isn't any action of yours that is hid — 

Men are watching and studying you. 

You say you're "no preacher"; yes, but you preach 

A wonderful sermon each day. 
The acts of your life are the things that you teach — 

It isn't the things that you say. 

If Christians were Christians, as they profess, 

Men would notice their glorified mien; 
And say, "What wondrous things they possess 

Who follow the meek Nazarene." 

Christians, remember you bear His dear Name, 

Your lives are for others to view; 
You are living examples — men praise you or blame, 

And measure your Christ by you. 

— Selected by Sister Bertha Dorsey 



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OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM 

As the old year slips away into the new year, our minds are 
drawn two ways. At the beginning of the New Year we review the 
year just finished, noting its successes and its failures. We also 
look ahead wondering what the new year will hold for us. At this 
season, we contemplate what we have done that would please 
God and help our fellowman and also what we have done that has 
failed to measure up to God's standard, this past year. By thinking 
of our past actions, we may resolve to do better during the new 
year. 

This season is rather two-sided for us. This thought of looking 
both backward and forward is contained in the name of our first 
month, January. The name is derived from a Roman god who was 
two faced. One face was looking to the future, the other backward 
to the past. 

Looking backward to remind ourselves of our past mistakes so 
we can improve in the future is profitable. Merely looking back- 
ward in erstwhile sentimentality will not be profitable. Looking 
forward to a future to be lived according to God's will with a 
resolve strengthened by desire to avoid the past shortcomings is 
likewise profitable. To merely look ahead in wishful daydreaming 
will not bring it to pass. 

If we allow ourselves to unduly dwell upon the mistakes and 
failures of the past we can become very pessimistic about our lives 
or conditions about us. On the other hand if we allow ourselves to 
be caught up in unfounded dreams of the future we may become 
so optimistic that we disregard the realities around us. 

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Optimism and pessimism often influence ministers' sermons and 
writers' articles. When one surveys the history, character and 
deeds of mankind it is easy to see the ruined nature of man. It is 
hard to be optimistic about mankind when it is remembered that 
Adam and Eve were placed in a garden of perfection but soon 
exchanged it for the empty promises of Satan. Their descendants 
have continued to demonstrate the fallen nature ever since. 
Murder, rape, robbery, pride, disobedience, destructiveness and 
many other traits show the true condition of mankind. A look at his 
past hardly inspires any confidence in the future that man can 
carve out for himself. His only ability lies in making his bombs 
bigger, his actions more reprehensible and his life more distant 
from God. 

Perhaps we wonder why ministers spend so much time 
preaching against the devices and sins of men. The reason lies in 
the nature of man. Man has fallen far from the image he was 
created in, but he still likes to be commended and approved. If he 
is commended for sinful activities, he will become strengthened in 
them. If he does not repent of the activity he will be found guilty 
before God. So the necessity is great that men be warned of their 
transgressions of God's Word, so they will not lose their souls. 

It would be a welcome thing to ministers if they did not need to 
preach what is sometimes called a "negative" Gospel. But they 
must if they would be true to their duty and forthe welfare of man- 
kind. Even Christians must be warned of the dangers of the devices 
and schemes that the Devil has devised to delude them. It would be 
pleasant to speak only of the love of God but His terrible Justice 
must be proclaimed as well. 

After surveying the past and present condition of man, one can 
only be very pessimistic about his future. In the darkness of man's 
moral condition there is but one glimmer of optimism. That hope is 
the Lord Jesus Christ. Man has utterly failed to lift himself up 
through education, force or religion. In fact he has gone back- 
ward. Jesus remains the only hope for any individual. 

Sin has a price — death. This is even worse than the separation 
caused by natural death, it is an eternal separation from God and 
all that is good. The penalty for men's sins was borne by Jesus as 
He hung upon the cross. He died that men might have life ~ not 
just physical life but everlasting, Spiritual life. That ray of optimism 
is there for all to accept but it must be accepted individually. 
Although mankind is sliding deeper into sin and slipping farther 
away from God, an individual has the opportunity of escaping from 
the pessimistic condition around him. 

Although man my boast of his deeds and his intelligence, his 
record is one that leads only to pessimism. Do not feel critical 



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when ministers speak of the fallen nature of man or of the devices 
of Satan used to deceive even Christians. They are only warning 
you so you might realize your condition so you can look to the one 
haven of optimism — Jesus Christ. Accept Him now. What better 
way is there to begin the New Year? 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE RULER WHO DIDN'T KNOW 

JOHN 3:1-10 

Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews. There were many things that 
he knew. He probably could have said from memory most of the 
Old Testament. Because he was a Pharisee he had studied and 
could tell much about the history of his people. As a ruler he would 
know how to convince people and to judge them. 

Nicodemus came to Jesus one night to talk with Him. I suppose 
he didn't want any of the other Pharisees to see him with Jesus. He 
had seen Jesus do miracles and said unto Him, "Rabbi, we know 
that you are a teacher come from God; for no man can do these 
miracles that you do, except God be with him." 

It would seem Nicodemus knew a great deal but there was one 
thing that he didn't know. Jesus replied, "Except a man be born 
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." I'm sure Nicodemus 
wanted to go to Heaven. He knew he had been born into this world 
just like you and me and everybody. How could a person be born 
again? What was Jesus talking about anyway? Can an old man be 
a baby again? Impossible! 

Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he 
cannot enter Into the kingdom of God." Jesus was talking about 
something entirely different from our natural body. He was 
teaching Nicodemus about a new life which one must have to get 
to Heaven. 

Jesus said, "That which Is born of the flesh is flesh; and that 
which is born of the Spirit Is spirit." The body Is going to die but to 
live with God In His kingdom, you need something more; you need 
to obey God by being baptized or born of the water, then God has 
promised to give you a new spiritual life. Peter told the people, 
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost." 

Jesus told Nicodemus that you couldn't see the wind or tell 
where It was going or where It came from. Everyone that is born of 
the Spirit is like this. It's something that can't be seen with our 



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eyes. When the wind blows we can see the trees bend and the dust 
blow and we can hear the sound of it. We know that the wind is 
there, even if we can't see it. So it is with everyone who is born 
again. You can't see the new life, but you can tell when a person is 
a Christian by the things he does. When we have the Spirit of God 
in our lives, we will act differently. 

Nicodemus said to Jesus, "How can these things be?" Jesus 
answered, "Are you a master of Israel and don't know these 
things?" Nicodemus knew many things, but the most important 
thing — that of being born again and becoming a new creature — 
he knew nothing about. 

Jesus said, "Ye MUST be born again." How could we expect to 
live if we had never had a natural birth? How can we expect to live 
with God and be like Jesus and live another life if we are not born 
again — of the water and of the Spirit? 

Brother Rudy Cover 



A YEAR OF LIBERTY 

"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty 
throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a 
jubile unto you." Lev. 25:10a. 

"At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release." 
Deut. 15:1. 

Every seventh year and every fiftieth year were special years for 
the Jews. They were years of rest for the land, in which no sowing 
or reaping was done. Whatever grew was to be food for the poor. 
They were years of liberation and special blessings, when servants 
were set free, the poor had plenty of food, debts were cancelled 
and property was restored to those who had inherited it. Anyone 
sold to another was free to leave the fiftieth year, if someone hadn't 
redeemed him before that. No doubt those in need especially 
looked forward to these times, when they would have a chance to 
start over. (Read Lev. 25 and Deut. 15.) 

God provided times of rest, release and liberty under the Law 
which especially aided those least able to help themselves. If He 
had not made such provisions, many of those people would have 
remained in bondage until death. He provided a plan of re- 
demption to meet their natural needs. He also provided a plan of 
redemption to meet their spiritual needs and ours. It is effective 
even in the lives of those least able to help themselves, those under 
the greatest bondage of sin. It gives rest and liberty, both, now and 
eternally, to those who accept this plan. 

Under the Law, a person could remain in bondage if he chose to. 



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You can remain in bondage to sin if you so choose, but even as the 
servant gave up all his rights to freedom, you give up all your 
rights — to freedom from sin, to peace of mind and heart and to 
eternal life. God has not proclaimed some certain year as the "y^ar 
of liberty or release," but He has proclaimed, "Now is the day of 
salvation." Until you accept this salvation, you're In bondage, but 
you don't have to wait several years to be free, for "now is the 
accepted time." 

If the idea of a good start for the new year is a party to pass away 
the time for a few hours, maybe a few meaningless resolutions, and 
then forget the whole thing, you won't go far. Jesus came to this 
earth to "... preach good tidings unto the meek ...to bind up the 
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives ...to proclaim the 
acceptable year of the Lord..." (Isa. 61:1-3.) He wants to give you 
what you need, to make your life meaningful and worthwhile. With- 
out Him, your new year won't be worth much. 

When New Year's Eve comes, there is alot of merrymaking, much 
of it of a questionable nature. Unfortunately, there is very little 
genuine rejoicing. When the new year begins, it gives us a chance 
to make a new start, to renew our hope for something better. There 
is alot to rejoice over — if you have Christ. With Him, everything 
will be better. Whatever goals you have for the year with Christ in 
your heart, you can work toward these goals knowing that you will 
have joy and peace regardless of the outcome. Your happiness will 
not be dependent on your circumstances, because you will be 
happy in Christ. 

If you want 1979 to be a year of genuine liberty and release for 
you, you must start it out with Christ in your heart. When He has 
charge of your life, He will direct it for your own good, yet at the 
same time He will give you freedom such as you've never known 
before. You wilt be free from the power and bondage of sin; there 
will be peace in your heart because you know your sins are for- 
given. True liberty is not being able to do as you please, but it is to 
do as God pleases. The trap of sin keeps you from pleasing Him, 
but when He sets you free, you will be free indeed! Let this new 
year be a year of liberty for you — the liberty that only Christ can 
give. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

A NEW YEAR 

We are now starting on a New Year. To some this will be just 
another year but to those who are followers of the meek and lowly 
Jesus it will mean a lot more than just another year. We will try by 



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God's help to make a better year, as each of us goes forward doing 
all we can to help build a better world and help win the lost to 
Christ. 

Each of us can see that we are in a troublesome world. But we, as 
dear ones in Christ's vineyard, will try to help those who need help. 
Let each of us show to the world we are a group of His dear 
children trying to help those who are lost to see a better way, so 
they too can enjoy the blessings Jesus has in store for His dear 
ones here below. 

The dear ones who have to be away from Church services, 
because they can't drive in evenings or when the weather is bad, 
would love to come, but don't want to be a burden. If we truly love 
each Brother and Sister as we should, I am sure there will be a way 
provided, and they won't have to feel that they are a burden. We, 
who are able, should be willing to go the second mile to help some- 
one. How would you feel if you had to call someone each time you 
wanted to go to church? I feel you would rather stay home then 
feel you are a burden to someone. 

When I visited a number of our Churches in the East, I was 
impressed with the love the dear members showed to their elderly 
members. They would call different ones of the elderly to see if 
they had a way to services. They said this was their Christian duty. 
Oh, in these churches you could feel that great love for each other. 
There were none who felt they were better than the other. Many of 
the elderly people are able to enjoy the fellowship together. I think 
this is Christ's way. One elderly sister told me, "Every time we have 
services our dear ones make a special effort that none of us should 
be absent. I often tell them what a blessing they are. Never do we 
feel we are a burden because they love to go out and do this 
Christian duty." I was there during a Revival and I noticed every car 
was full when it was driven into the Church grounds. One dear 
Brother told me, "Some of these days we too will be in the same 
place, I hope I will have the same thing happen to me, that is why I 
try so hard to see that these can be present at all services." I was 
told by a number of elderly ones how happy they were that the 
dear ones made such a sacrifice to see that others were able to 
attend. 

Do we feel, when we get a phone call, "My, what a burden they 
are to us."? Is this brotherly love? Let us stop this year and think 
about it. If those who could would go and bring people who can 
not come, don't you feel the Lord would bless you for helping 
them? What would you do if you were sure this was your last day or 
year to live? We should live each day as if it was our last day. I do 
think each of us would live it a little differently. Now, as we have 



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entered into this, another year, we should all make a check on our 
lives and see if we can't do something to improve it. Once I was in a 
Brethren home. On the Lord's Day I was permitted to attend their 
services. I was impressed with how they took care of a family that 
had sickness in their home. They took turns preparing a full meal 
and taking it each Sunday, so they could see how much they were 
missed and loved. 

Today there are so many away from Christ. Some of our dear 
ones have left and gone back into the world. Let us each pray daily 
during this year that they will see what a great blessing they are 
missing and come back into the fold and serve the One, who died 
that all could have a Home Above. May the Lord richly bless each 
of you this coming year. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

** 1979 ** 

A New Year! There will be special days: Birthdays, Easter, Fourth 
of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Days that the children say, "I 
can hardly wait for..." But in between are the ordinary days. There 
are the work days, the Sunday-Go-To-Meeting days, sad days, 
glad days and the days when things go wrong. They must each be 
lived through, one day at a time. 

How wise our Heavenly Father was to give us our days one at a 
time, with a time of rest between each one to "recharge our 
batteries," so that with renewed energy we can face a new day. 
We need to start our day with Prayer. Jesus prepared Himself for 
the day, often rising a long time before it was light, communing 
with God, His Father. He taught His disciples to pray daily. 

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matt. 6:11. God fed the 
children - Children of Israel - with manna, daily for forty years. Ex. 
17:35. 

David says much in the Psalms about daily prayer. "Be merciful 
unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily." Ps. 86:3. Ps. 61:8, "So 
will I sing praise unto the name for ever, that I may daily perform 
my vows." The little song says, 

Whisper a prayer in the morning, Whisper a prayer at noon. 
Whisper a prayer in the evening. To keep your heart in tune. 
God answers prayer in the morning, God answers prayer at 

noon, 
God answers prayer in the evening, So keep your heart in 
tune. 
Jesus lived his thirty-three years, one day at a time. They were 
not all quiet days by the Sea of Galilee or resting at Bethany at the 



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home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. There were stormy days and 
lonely days and days of suffering. But Jesus knew the secret. You 
must meet God in the morning if you want Him through the day. He 
lived one day at a time. 

Saviour, teach me, day by day. Love's sweet lessons to obey. 
Sweeter lessons cannot be. Loving Him who first loved me. 
Daily Bible reading and daily prayer make daily disciples. No 
man can know Jesus Christ truly, except he follow Him daily. 

New Year's resolutions are soon broken, but each day begun 
with prayer builds another link in a golden chain that makes it 
easier to begin the next day with prayer. Then we grow in grace 
and the further knowledge of God's Will in our lives. 

Day by day and with each passing moment 

Strength I find to meet my trials here. 

Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment, 

I've no cause for worry or for fear. 

He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure 

Gives unto each day what He deems best. 

Lovingly, it's part of pain and pleasure, 

Mingling toil with peace and rest. 

Every day the Lord himself is near me 

With a special mercy for each hour; 

All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me, 

He whose name is Councilor and Power. 

The protection of His child and treasure 

Is a charge that on Himself He laid; 

"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure." 

This the pledge to me He made. 

Help me then in every tribulation, 

So to trust thy promises O, Lord, 

That I lose not faith's sweet consolation. 

Offered me within Thy Holy Word. 

Help me. Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, 

Ever to take as from a father's hand. 

One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, 

Till I reach that promised land. 

One day I have not mentioned, but it could be that Very Day 
when Jesus comes. O, Glorious Day! "Watch therefore, for ye 
know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man 
Cometh." Matt. 25:13. 

Sister Edyth Kline 
11313 ElPomar Ave. 
Waterford, California 95386 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from December 15, 1978 Issue 

We continue our study of this Dispensation of conscience to 
Gen. 6:5-8, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in 
the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart 
was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had 
made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the 
Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of 
the earth." And He did. "Both man, and beast, and the creeping 
thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made 
them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." 

God spake to Noah, Gen. 6:12-23, "And God looked upon the 
earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his 
way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh 
is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through 
them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." And God 
did. So, the first "age" of this world and the second Dispensation 
ended, with a great "deluge," the flood, in which only Noah and 
seven souls remained alive on the earth. Note their means of 
escape: God in His mercy provided a way of escape for Noah and 
his household, and all men who would come Into the "ark," which 
God had Noah to prepare and to build. But not a soul came in, save 
Noah and those with him, although Noah preached to them and 
warned them, many days. 

Please note: an "age" in Scripture is from one great "cat- 
aclysmic," or "climatic" change to another, in the earth's surface, 
or condition. At the time of the flood, there were great 
"cataclysmic" or "climatic" changes. Please note the following: 
Gen. 7:11-12, "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the 
second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day 
were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the 
windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth 
forty days and forty nights." And also verses 19-24 of the same 
chapter, "And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; 
and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were 
covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, 
and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that 
creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was 
the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every 
living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the 
ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the 
fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and 
Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 



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And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty 
days." 

This was a renovation of the earth not a destruction. The world 
only (the people and all vegetation) was destroyed. But the earth 
being renovated remained, yet an upheaveal and decay was the 
result. The word rendered "renovation" means "To make over, to 
make new, after decay." The earth was made to bring forth again, 
and to produce, and was reinhabited after the "flood." Hence, a 
renovation, Peter tells us, II Pet. 3:3-6, "Knowing this first, that 
there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own 
lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since 
the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the 
beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, 
that by the word of God (in Gen. 7) the heavens were of old, and 
the earth standing out of the water, and in the water: Whereby the 
world that then was (in Noah's day), being overflowed with water, 
perished." Here was a great "cataclysmic" and "climatic" change. 
It was a "renovation" of the earth. 

The Bible tells us of another such, great "cataclysmic" and 
"climatic" change, at the end of this present and second "age" of 
the world, at "Armageddon." Space forbids, here to relate this, 
however, we hope to give our readers a full account of that time, 
before we close this work. Yes, we believe there will be one more 
"renovation" of this present earth, before its final destruction, 
when the "earth and the heavens shall flee away," Rev. 20:1 1 ; II Pet. 
3:1 0. The final end of the "day of the Lord" (as one thousand years) 
will not be a "renovation," but a total destruction, as we under- 
stand. 

In conclusion of this second Dispensation, let us study the 
possible length of human history, as revealed in the Bible. The 
genealogical tables and history of the Old Testament, seem to 
show that from Adam to Christ was about four thousand years. In 
breaking this figure down, we should consider, that the "two ages" 
of this present world, the "Antediluvian age" and the present "age" 
cover six dispensations, or approximately six thousand years. 
From Eden to Noah possibly covered approximately one thousand 
years, also from Noah to Abraham one thousand years. From 
Abraham to Solomon, one thousand years, and from Solomon to 
Christ, one thousand years. Then we know that, there have been 
over nineteen hundred years of this world's history, since Christ; 
therefore we are living in the sixth one thousand year period of the 
world, if these figures be correct, since the Creation. 

From Christ to the "Dark Ages" to the "revelation" of Christ on 
the earth, will be one thousand years, making six thousand years. 



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Then the Millennium will be one thousand years. However, no man 
knows the day nor the hour of Christ's coming; therefore no man 
knows when the six thousand years of mortal life will end, nor 
when the one thousand years of immortality will begin, when 
Christ takes over His Throne. 

The third Dispensation of the world, will occupy our attention in 
our next article. 

Brother William Root 

THE DESTRUCTIVE USE OF TOBACCO 

I am thankful I was told in my boyhood days not to start the use 
of tobacco. Since we desire good health, why should we use 
tobacco to destroy it? I have heard some people say that they can 
not stop using it. I also know of some people who quit the habit, 
who say they feel better. 

Tobacco has been successfully used to destroy insects which 
destroy vegetables and flower plants. Medical experts, through 
tests, have proven many times that it has been very harmful to 
people who use it. Such ills as brain damage, lung cancer and 
heart trouble as well as small children suffering ill health because 
of their cigarette-smoking-mothers are part of its harmful effect. 
Because of its part in health destruction, our law makers have 
compelled the manufacturers of cigarettes to put a label on the 
package saying they are dangerous to the health. 

It is my opinion that its use should be outlawed the same as 
marijuana. Why should anyone desire to use things that are so 
destructive? We should cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the 
flesh and all superfluity. We are not tempted above that which we 
are able to bear. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and 
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of 
God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which 
temple ye are." I Cor. 3:16-17. I believe we can cleanse ourselves 
from all unrighteousness with the help of the Lord. Touch not, 
taste not, handle not the unclean thing. 

Many years ago it was decided at our Church Conference that 
the use of tobacco shall be stopped by all of our members. Our 
Elders should work with patience to get it accomplished. Some 
may say it is alright to use it since God created it. He also created 
poison ivy and many other poisonous plants. 

We are to abstain from all appearance of evil and to let our light 
so shine before man that they may see our good works and glorify 
our Father in Heaven. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or what- 
soever ye do, do all to the glory of God." May we truthfully ask the 



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Lord to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. "Therefore, brethren, 
we are debtors, not to the flesh, ...for if ye live after the flesh, ye 
shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the 
body ye shall live." Rom. 8:12-13. Which is your choice — eternal 
life or destruction. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

R. 9, Box 860, 

Plant City, Florida 33566 

MARRIAGE 

SMOOTZ - SHAFFER 

Sister Joyce A. Smootz, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Russell B. 
Smootz, Box 130, New Creek, West Virginia and Bro. Myron D. 
Shaffer, son of Elder and Sis. Frank D. Shaffer, R. 4, Box 275, 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage September 23, 
1978 at the Edgar T. Biggs, Jr. residence, near the Smootz' home. 
The ceremony was performed by Elder Frank D. Shaffer. The 
couple will reside at Rt. 4, Box 275, Greencastle, Pennsylvania 
17225. 

OBITUARY 

FANNIE R, HEARN 

Sister Fannie R. Hearn was born July 18, 1914, in Blair County, 
Pennsylvania and departed this life at her R. 1, Mohrsville, 
Pennsylvania home on November 6, 1978, at the age of sixty four 
years, three months, eighteen days. She was a daughter of the late 
Bro. Samuel and Sis. Amanda (Koontz) Wisler. 

In addition to her husband Elwood, she is survived by two sons, 
Robert M., Reading; Fred S., Mohrsville; and four daughters, Faye 
E., wife of Woodrow Ankerbrand, Greencastle; Wanda L.; Mable F.; 
and Wilma L. at home; and eleven grandchildren. 

Sister Hearn was baptized into the Church of the Brethren at the 
age of fourteen. She united with the Dunkard Brethren, April 23, 
1933. She was a faithful member of the Waynesboro Dunkard 
Brethren Church for twenty-five years and for the last nine years a 
member of the Bethel Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Funeral services were held Friday, November 10, 1978 at the 
Bethel Dunkard Brethren Church by Elder James Kegerreis and 
Bro. David Kegerreis with interment in the adjoining cemetery. 

She leaves a vacant place in the Church and home but not in the 
hearts of those who knew and loved her. Her memory will linger on 
forever and her life is an example for others. 

She is sadly missed by her family, relatives, friends and 
neighbors. 



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WHAT IS A MOTHER? 

A mother is someone who knows all our needs, 
Our hopes and our dreams and desires, 
With a genuine interest in all that we do — 
Someone who guides and inspires. 

The heart of a mother is full of compassion, 
Is generous, kind, and forgiving, 
The smile of a mother is loving and tender, 
And adds so much gladness to living. 

A mother is someone with infinite patience 
Who soothes all our troubles away, 
Someone with limitless faith in her children, 
And love for them day after day. 

A mother can make a ''home" out of a "house" 
By just being thoughtful and sweet. 
By her warm understanding and gentleness, too. 
That makes life more rich and complete. 

A mother is full of true wisdom and strength 

Of loveliness, insight, and grace. 

She's someone whose love we will cherish forever — 

Yes — no one can take "mother's" place! 

The family wishes to thank everyone for remembering us during 
our deep sorrow of the death of our beloved mother. Your thought- 
fulness, cards, prayers, and help was deeply appreciated. 
Continue to remember us in your prayers. May God richly bless 
each and everyone of you. 

The Hearn family 

NEWS ITEMS 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

In September we were again privileged to enjoy another one 
week revival meeting with Elder Dean St. John as our evangelist. 
We were blessed and renewed in our faith as we listened to God's 
Word night after night. We pray that it will bring forth a bountiful 
harvest in days to come. We were thankful Sister St. John could 
also be with us during these revival efforts. We wish to thank all 
members from other congregations and friends who so faithfully 
supported these meetings. 

We enjoyed another Lovefeast this Fall, which was the first 
Sunday in October. We appreciated all the visiting ministers and 
invite them back again. Those present throughout the day were: 



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James Kegerreis, Frank Shaffer, Carl Broadwater and Eldon 
Mallow, who officiated at the Lovefeast and Communion Service In 
the evening. 

Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 

SOUTH FULTON, ILLINOIS 

Although everyone does not get to attend each council, we have 
continued to have one twice a year with Elder George Replogle as 
our presiding elder. Sister Bula Stambaugh resigned as church 
treasurer after thirty-nine years of serving, Sister Alice Reed is now 
our church treasurer. 

We held church services this summer into November and were 
very happy to have ministers from our district visit in the homes 
and have services with us. Brother and Sister Fred Pifer from 
Dallas Center, Iowa came one week-end with a group from there 
including Brother and Sister Paul Byfield from California. Brother 
and Sister Rudy Cover, also from California, surprised us with a 
pleasant stop over. We are so grateful for the prayers in our behalf 
and interest everyone has shown. 

May we all be alerted to wolves in sheep's clothing. They are not 
just single but in groups to deceive us. It is heart breaking to hear 
parents and grandparents plant the seed of deception in the minds 
of small children. May we never have to answer for such, but be 
wise to the deception around us. May we strive to keep closer to 
the Bible teachings in spite of the evil around us. 

Sister Martha I. Harman, Cor. 

FORTUNATE MISFORTUNES 

Years ago a blind man came to our meetinghouse to conduct a 
singing class. He was an expert in music and knew how to teach it. 
His books were made for the blind. By passing his fingers over the 
raised lines he could read readily. He needed no light to read by. 
The first evening the lamps in the meetinghouse gave very poor 
light, so much so that most people could not see to read. The blind 
teacher did not know the difference. He called out the number of 
the hymn and proceeded to sing. As the people could not see well 
but few of them helped to sing. A preacher in the congregation 
then rose and remarked that the blind man was more fortunate 
than most people, for he could read whether there was any light or 
not. Everybody smiled. The blind man said he never thought of it in 
that way before. Possibly more of us might take that view of our 
misfortunes. 

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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R, 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 242 

Morenci, Mich. 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
R. 1, Box 242 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2307 Oakdale Rd. Space 34 

Modesto, Ca. 95355 
Charles Leatherman 

1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Jack Snyder 

R. 1 

Stevens, Pa. 17578 

215-267-3174 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 

317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 



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VOL. LVII 



JANUARY 15, 1979 



NO. 2 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



ONE THERE IS ABOVE ALL OTHERS 

One there is above all others 
Well deserves the name of friend; 
His is love beyond a brother's, 
Costly, free, and knows no end. 
Which of all our friends, to save us, 
Could or would have shed his blood? 
But this Savior died to have us 
Reconciled in him to God. 

When he loved on earth abased. 
Friend of sinners was his name; 
Now above all glory raised, 
He rejoices in the same. 
O! for grace our hearts to soften! 
Teach us, Lord, at length to love; 
We alas! forget too often 
What a Friend we have above. 

— John Newton 



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IF 

One of the shortest words in the English language is "if". Despite 
its shortness, it is a word that has wrecked many hopes, dreams and 
lives. Although it is used in several different ways, it usually 
presents a negative view or a view contrary to reality. Often "if" 
becomes a mask to hide behind when one cannot face the reality of 
his sins and failures. 

"If" is often used as a word of anticipation. We have said or heard 
it said, "If so-and-so happens, then I will do such and such." I n other 
words, one is immobilized awaiting eitheracertain turn of events or 
action on the part of another. "If used this way often shows one 
living in a dream world. He is awaiting a certain opportunity before 
he will act, in the meanwhile he accomplishes nothing. How many 
opportunities are forever lost because a man never perceives the 
condition that would activate him? How often are these future 
events actually a mask to cover an inability or unwillingness to carry 
out a present deed? Rather than hide behind "if", consider what 
God's Will is for the present and the future. 

"If" is often used as a word of regret. How often do we hear "If on ly 
...."? The subject may be anything, financial, social or Spiritual. 
We look back at the past with a vision far superior to our present 
view, which often produces within us a feeling of regret. In material 
affairs we may have missed an opportunity to amass wealth. We 
have many regrets as we look at our past Spiritual life. But we have 
to realize that we cannot change the past, however much that past 
may hurt and discourage us. All the good we are able to do will not 
fully live down the past. We are not on a set of balances — trying to 

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balance our past deeds with holler deeds in the present. The past is 
valuable to us if we can look back, see oursins and failures and learn 
from them. We cannot spend our time simply bemoaning the past, 
but must repent of it and build anew after God's pattern. 

"If" is often used as a word of excuse. In the season of confusion, 
it is often expressed as, "If I have sinned, forgive me." While the 
motive may be pure, the language gives the impression thattheone 
speaking hardly considers it possible that such a thing could be in 
his life. The word "if" serves as a denial of sin. This denial is a "slap 
in the face" to God. After all. He gave His Dearest Gift to save men 
from their sins. Certainly God recognizes the presence of sin in all 
men's lives. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of 
God." What is needed in such a life Is not only greater precision in 
speech, but even more importantly, to have a true feeling of 
repentance. It cannot be pleasing to God for us to excuse ourselves 
from sin when He has already paid such a High Price because of it. 

"If" is often used as a word of criticism. How often are we prone to 
boast that If we were in another's place we would do so much better. 
By this attitude, we are assuming that we can fill another's place. We 
can never know nor understand all the circumstances and feelings 
that surround the one we would wish to displace. If we were 
surrounded by all the situations they are, we perhaps could not do 
as well as they do. This form of criticism may be moresubtlethan if 
we criticize them openly but it is no less damaging. This does not 
mean that we must condone wrong-doing but we must be careful 
that we criticize not for criticism's sake. It is easier to talk about how 
another might improve himself, whether materially or Spiritually, 
than it is for us to live their lives under their circumstances. 

"If" Is often used as a word of doubt. It is often expressed that "If 
something were so, then conditions would be different." Very often 
this doubt is expressed concerning God or the Bible. These 
questions and the doubts are endless, for Satan is busy in the minds 
of men. No where are there more doubts expressed than 
concerning the Second Coming of Jesus and the Judgment of the 
world. ". . . where is the promlseof his coming?forsincethe fathers 
fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of 
creation." With statements like this, men express themselves as 
doubters of the promises and the judgments of God. To doubt God 
will bring them only under greater condemnation. 

Man is often unconcerned about God's part in his life. He makes 
his plans to suit himself. Here is one place where heshould learn to 
use the word "if". "For that we ought to say, If the Lord will, weshall 
live and do this or that." Often "if" expresses a negative attitude or 
an attitude out of touch with reality but here it expresses our 
dependence upon God and His Will for us. 

Let us be careful in our use of "if", that it might express only our 
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ANYONE CAN CRITICIZE 

Anyone can criticize, but not everyone can love. To genuinely 
love, we must have Christ in our hearts. To criticize, we don't need 
anything other than what we already have — ourselves. We may 
downgrade others, thinking that it lifts us up, but it doesn't work that 
way. It only reveals how little we are. The scribes and Pharisees did 
an excellent job of criticizing Jesus — He called them hypocrites! 

"Thou Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all 
thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matt. 22:37. We must love God first 
and foremost before we can really love anyone else. After this 
commandment comes the second one, "Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself." We should love others enough to want them to 
go to Heaven and to know all the joys we have in Christ. Criticism is 
not the way to get people to Jesus and Heaven; it only drives them 
away. 

Criticism can be constructive, but so often it's nothing more than 
mere fault finding. Everyone of us has faults and to focus all our 
attention on them in ourselves or others is wrong. That which gets 
the most attention tends to increase. Therefore, ifyou want to bring 
out the good in someone, focus attention on that good. If any 
criticism is necessary, give it only because you love that person and 
really want to help him or her grow in the Lord. Don't criticize just 
because someone's life doesn't suit you. 

It is not up to you and me to correct everyone we see. God alone 
can see how each one should be handled and He will take care of 
each matter in the right way. When we get the idea that God needs 
our help, that we simply must say something to straighten out Bro. 
So-and-so, we only hinder the work of God in his life. God does use 
people to teach and admonish others, but He knows best how and 
when it should be done, and we should be guided accordingly. 

If we could see clearly and had the wisdom to judge righteously, 
God would not have reserved judgment for Himself. He knows that 
it is so much easier for us to see the faults of others than it is to see 
our own, so He gave us a warning; "For with what judgment ye 
judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be 
measured to you again." Matt. 7:2. Whatever you hand out will 
come back, so it would be wise to extend mercy instead of criticism. 
You may need mercy yourself someday. 

The Pharisees thought they didn't need Jesus, they certainly 
didn't want Him, and they didn't like it when anyone else wanted 
Him either. They asked the disciples, "Why eateth your Master with 
publicans and sinners?" Jesus spent time with those who really 
needed and wanted Him. If He hadn't done so, it is likely that the 
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matter what He did, theyfound fault with Him, but Jesus didn't allow 
their criticism to hinder Him. 

Jesus was asked, "Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of 
the elders?" Jesus answered, "Why do ye also transgress the 
commandment of God by your tradition?" The Pharisees were 
more concerned about their traditions than they were about 
pleasing God. Which is more important to you ~ God's 
commandments or your traditions? Just because you've always 
done something a certain way doesn't mean you've pleased God in 
it. Neither does it give you a right to criticize others who do not 
follow your pattern. Remember always — Christ is our pattern, not 
people. 

There is a saying that faults are thick where love is thin. The 
Pharisees didn't love Jesus so they picked and found fault, even 
though Jesus is perfect. The first commandment is to love God 
supremely; the second is "love your neighbor as much as you love 
yourself." If God's people don't love, who will? Certainly the 
unbeliever will not. In John 15:12, Jesus said, "This is my 
commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you," 
Without this deep abiding love, we will only be faultfinders just as 
the Pharisees were. 

Criticism is almost always negative — it says what someone 
should not do. Being critical, finding fault, and so forth creates 
strife, friction and unnecessary stress. Love is positive and active, 
busy doing what pleases God. Love is pleasant and kind, not easily 
provoked; love seeks what's best for others. Jesus said, "By this 
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to 
another." John 13:35. Anyone can criticize, but to love and really 
care, we need Christ. Without Him, we are nothing. Love should be 
the moving force in every Christian's life. Is it in yours? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



Slow me down Lord, I'm going 

too fast, 
I can't see my brother when 

he's going past; 
I miss a lot of good things 

day by day, 
I can't see a blessing when 

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THOUGHTS FOR 1979 

1. Follow the Golden Rule. Read Matt. 7:12. 

2. Follow the Vow the Apostle Paul took. Read Romans 8:38-39. 

3. Have the same mind in you as was also in Christ Jesus. Phil. 2:5. 

4. Feed upon the Word of God and grow by drinking of that 
Spiritual Water. John 4. 

5. Weigh yourself daily in the balance of God. 

6. Look into God's mirror daily and see how He sees you. 

7. Allow the Word of God to have full sway in your life. 

8. Present your body a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1. 

9. Walk humbly with thy God. 

10. Follow others as far as they follow Christ. 

11. Govern your life by the whole Gospel of Christ. 

12. Condemn not your Brother or Sister unless you can do better. 

13. Have that forgiving Spirit, Jesus had and manifested 
throughout His Life. 

14. Above all make good use of your time. 

15. Mold and fashion your life after the Life of our Blessed Master. 
Your footprints then may aid some wayward soul in turning and 
giving his life to Christ. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



FAITH THAT REALLY WORKS 

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of 
things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. 

What is faith, and how do we demonstrate it? Faith is not magic, 
something like a wand that we can wave to turn pumpkins into 
coaches and mice into horses; yet, this is so often the way we expect 
God to work for us. Faith is basing our trust on something God has 
said. We must follow up that certain word with the whole context of 
Scripture from which it is taken. He said, "But my God shall supply 
all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil. 
4:19. For example, along with that verse, Jesus said, ". . .Take no 
thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet 
for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, 
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If we take only these two portions of Scripture and sit down in our 
rocking chair and wait for God to feed and clothe us, we may starve 
to death. Why? Because God did not keep His Word? Or was it that 
we did not understand what He was trying to teach us? 

Let us balance the scale by reading His words concerning Adam 
even before the fall. "And the Lord God took the man, and put him 
into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Genesis 2:15. Here 
we see that God intended for Adam to work. The difference before 
the fall and afterward was that his work became harder and less 
fulfilling. He had thorns and thistles to contend with, and the Lord 
said, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return 
unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and 
unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:19. It seems that God did 
not even plan for his retirement. Then in the New Testament, He 
gives His thoughts concerning this in I Timothy 5:8, "But if any 
provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he 
hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." 

Obviously this is speaking of an able-bodied person who does not 
provide for his family. Here again we can become entangled in 
Satan's trap. Suppose you are disabled and you read this verse 
alone. You would become very depressed and maybe suicidal. Do 
you see how important it is to get the whole picture from God's point 
of view? It is Satan's trick to show us only one portion of Scripture 
and have us base our whole philosophy upon it. This is not blind 
faith, instead it is ignorance. Satan gave Jesus only a portion of 
Scripture to stand upon when he suggested that He cast Himself off 
the pinnacle of the temple. But note that Jesus did not fall for his 
trickery. "And saith unto Him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself 
down: for it is written. He shall give his angels charge concerning 
thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou 
dash thy foot against a stone." But since God did not give Jesus 
faith to leap — "Jesus said unto him. It is written again. Thou shalt 
not tempt the Lord thy God." Matthew 4:6-7. This is the reason for 
the admonition in II Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." 

Another area in which we are so easily tempted is in the matter of 
food. We are told to be temperate in all things, and to let our 
"moderation be known to all men." Yet, there are just as many or 
more among Christians who are gluttonous, as there are among 
sinners. I know whereof I speak, because for years I "lived to eat." 
Then one day 1 really became serious with the Lord and asked Him 
to control my eating, for it was quite apparent that I was not doing a 
very good job. I might add here that if you do not really mean what 
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take you at your word. Then one day I became ill. Afterward there 
were so many foods that I had to leave alone. Do you know which 
ones they were? They were the very ones that I had been unable to 
control my eating in and to this day I cannot handle them. 

Did God give me this sickness, or was it a result of over-indul- 
gence? God does not make us sick any more than He makes us sin. 
It comes about through a malfunction in our bodies. Sometimes it is 
because of bad eating habits, or because of unrest in spirit or even 
bitterness. Whatever the condition, it comes upon us as a natural 
course of events and most of the time we are not aware of it until we 
are overcome. 

The normal reaction is to throw up our hands in despair and claim 
that God has forsaken us, because He has allowed us to become III. 
This is definitely wrong. We should use it as a stepping stone to 
learn the power of Christ, not only in restoring our health but as to 
how we can stay healthy. 

Suppose I had an ulcer and through prayer the Lord healed the 
ulcer, but my spirit was critical and my attitude judgmental. How 
long would it be before I would have another ulcer? Do you see the 
point I am striving to make? God wants to make us whole — Spirit 
and body. He actually is more concerned that our inward parts be 
perfect, rather than that we have optimum health and are able to eat 
everything and have a superabundance of strength. For then, very 
often, we become lifted up as were the Corinthians, who thought 
they had "arrived." They considered themselves rich and full and 
reigning as kings, but God's thoughts of them were not so. (I Cor. 
4:8). 

When we do come to a place of true riches and reigning in life, will 
we have anything to boast in? No! Paul says in the preceding verse 
— "For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou 
that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost 
thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" We ". . . reign in life by 
One, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17. 

There are some ways in which we learn to appropriate faith and 
then watch this faith energetically work in our behalf. 

Brother C. L. Frost 
Kansas City, Missouri 



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Do not be a victim of activity. When Satan can't make you bad, he 
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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

LIVING WATER 

JOHN 4:4-42 

Would you like to have Jesus come to your home and talk with 
you? Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Samaria. They 
came to a city called Sychar. Near this town was Jacob's well. Jesus 
was tired from walking, so he sat on the well to rest. His disciples 
continued on into the city to get food. As Jesus was resting, a 
woman came to the well to get water, Jacob'swell was probably the 
only well near that city. They didn't have water in every home with 
plumbing like we do. People had to go to the well, let down a bucket 
or a pitcher on a rope and pull the water up out of the well and carry 
it home in a water pot. Jesus was thirsty and didn't have any rope or 
pitcher to get water from the well. Jesus said to the woman, "Give 
me to drink." 

The Samaritan people and the Jews didn't get along very good. 
The Samaritan woman answered, "How is it that you, being a Jew, 
ask a drink of me who am a Samaritan?" 

Jesus said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that 
said to you, 'Give me to drink,' you would have asked of him and he 
would have given you living water." 

The woman said, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well 
is deep, from where do you have that living water?" 

Jesus said, "Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again but 
whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall neverthirst; 
but the water that I shall give him shall be a well of water springing 
up into everlasting life." 

Then the woman said, "I want this water, give me this living water 
so I won't get thirsty anymore or have to come here to draw water 
from this well." 

Jesus knew this woman just like he knows everybody — even 
you and me. He said, "Go call your husband." 

The woman said, "I have no husband." 

Jesus said, "You have well said, I have no husband, for you have 
had five husbands and he whom you now have Is not your husband." 

This surprised the woman for she said, "I perceive that you are a 
prophet. Our fathers worshipped In this mountain but you say that 
In Jerusalem Is the place where men ought to worship." 

Jesus told her that Jerusalem was the place to worship because 
salvation was of the Jews but there was a time coming when true 
believers would worship God in spirit and In truth. The place would 
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The woman said, *'l know that Messias is coming, which is called 
Christ; when He is come. He will tell us all things." 

And Jesus said, "I that speak unto thee am He." 

The woman then left her water pot and went into the city, and said 
to the men, "Come see a man that told me all things that ever I did: is 
not this the Christ?" 

And many of the men believed and came to Jesus and asked Htm 
to stay with them. Jesus stayed there two days and talked to them 
about the living water. 

Would you like Jesus to give you living water? It means that you 
can go to Heaven and live forever. You can have the Holy Spirit in 
your life, if you come to Jesus. Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized 
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of 
sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." The Holy Spirit 
will lead you into all truth and bring to your remembrance all things 
that Jesus has said. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

SATURDAY OR SUNDAY? 

No Sabbath law was known to the world for twenty-four hundred 
years after the Creation or until the time of Moses. Neither Adam, 
Abel, Methusalah, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph or any 
other Bible character ever kept a Sabbath Law until the time of 
Moses. No nation or kingdom except Israel (the Jews) ever kept the 
seventh day because they never were commanded to. The 
Catholics did not change the Sabbath. The Adventists claim the 
Sabbath was changed by Constantine, who was not a Pope, but a 
pagan emperor who ruled two hundred and seventeen years before 
there was a Pope. Of course the Catholics would like the honor of 
changing it, but they never have given the Pope's name or the time 
or the place where it was done. 

The fact of the matter is, the keeping of the first day of the week 
instead of the seventh was a gradual process in the Church at an 
early date. It was done by the Christians and began as early as the 
second century and that was before there was a Roman Catholic 
Church. The papacy was established 638 A. D. I Cor. 16:2 and Acts 
20:7 gets Sunday keeping a long way ahead of the Roman Catholic 
Church and Constantine's Sunday law. 

The Mosaic Law was only given to the Jewish people. God never 
commanded a Gentile to keep the Sabbath nor was any penalty 
imposed on them for not keeping it. Infactwiththedispersionof the 
Jewish race it would have been impractical for them to try to keep it 
according to Lev. 24:8or Num. 28:9-10. How about a Sabbath Day's 
journey of about three-fourths of a mile in present terms? 



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God rested on the seventh day. Man could if he liked, but there 
was no law to that effect, hence there was no violation where there 
was no law. (Deut. 4:13, 5:3.) 

Moses knew there was no law given before his time. It was given 
through him to the Jewish nation. (Exodus 31:13). After the 
downfall of the Jewish nation, see what is said of her in Lam. 2:9. 
She had no law. The Jewish nation went down and the Law, 
including the Sabbath went with it. 

Read Acts 15:1-6, 22, 24. The point at issue was circumcision and 
the Law. The Apostles gave them to understand these things could 
not be enforced on the Gentile Christians, forthey were living in the 
age of Grace and were not under the Law. If God had intended the 
Law of Moses, which contained the Sabbath law, should be imposed 
on His people, the Apostles would have known it, but they say we 
have no such commandment. (Rom. 10:4). 

The Sabbath Law was a law of sin and death. (Matt. 5:17-18). 
Jesus came to fulfill the Law, which He did and it passed away. The 
priesthood being changed made it necessary to change the Law. 
(Heb. 7:11-14; 21, 12:24). Read the allegory of Abraham's two sons. 
One representing the Old Covenant containing the Sabbath Law. 
The other, the New Covenant under the Age of G race. (Gal. 4:22, 27, 
30). 

Neither Christ nor His Apostles kept the Sabbath after His 
Resurrection, only as a matter of necessity in order to preach to the 
Jews, whowouldassembleonlyonthatday. ForsometimeafterHis 
death, they preached only to the Jews. 

Keeping the Law bars the merits of Christ. (Gal. 2:16, 21; 5:4; 
Rom. 3:20, 28; 4:14). Are we to follow Moses or Christ? The Bible 
settles that on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matt. 17:5). There 
appeared Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant, Moses, the 
mediator of the Old Covenant, and Elias, the representative of the 
prophets. A voice from Heaven (The Father) saying, referring to 
Jesus, 'This is my beloved son, hear ye Him." See Acts 3:22. 

Did Jesus ever give a seventh day Sabbath Law? It was often His 
busiest day. He paid no attention to the Sabbath except to defend 
Himself and others against the charges of breaking the Sabbath. 
Did the Early Church come together to break bread on Saturday or 
Sunday? (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:1-2; Rev. 1:10). 

If the seventh day is the Christian Sabbath, then the gates of Hell 
prevailed against the Church from 100 A. D. to 1600 A. D. But Christ 
said it should not be. 



By the late Elder Z. L. Bussear 
Selected by Brother David Bussear 



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THE SECRET 

There's a little word that changes 

Darkest skies to brightest blue; 
There's a little word that brings the 

Sunlight bravely shining through. 
Never mind the things about you; 

Never mind if others frown 

Lift your face to God and praise Him! 

And the blessings wHI come down! 

Praise is mightier than any army 

With its banners all unfurled; 
Praise will win the victory sooner 

Than all the powers of this world. 
For the God who ruleth all things, 

And the God who longs to bless 
Waiteth only till He heareth thee 

Thy love to Him confess. 

Beg Him not for any blessing; 

Tire Him not to spell thy need. 
This He knoweth e'er thou speak it; 

Stay Him not to beg and plead. 
Lift thy face and sing it heav'nward, 

From the deeps within thy soul; 
Let His praises fill thy being, 

Let the shout of rapture roll. 

Ah! the rest will come quite easy 

E'er thou thinkest, 'twill be done. 

Thou wilt know PRAISE is the answer, 
Thou wilt find the vict'ry won. 

Blessed, holy, wondrous Jesus, 
Heav'n in Thee to me is come! 



— Frances J. Roberts 
Selected by Brother W. E. Bashor 



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If you will work FOR God, form a committee. 
If you will work WITH God, form a prayer group. 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

PARTS 

The Third Dispensation of the World. This is at the beginning of 
the second "age" of the world, known as the Post-Deluvian 
Dispensation, or the dispensation of human government. It covered 
approximately 427 years. After the receding of the waters of the 
flood, "And God spake unto Noah, saying. Go forth of theark, thou, 
andthy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee. Bring forth 
with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, 
and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the 
earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, 
and multiply upon the earth. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and 
his wife, and his sons' wives with him: Every beast, every creeping 
thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after 
their kinds, went forth out of the ark." Gen. 8:15-19. 

This was the beginning of the new Dispensation after the flood. 
"And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean 
beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the 
altar." Is this not the beginning of sacrificial worship unto the Lord, 
upon an altar by man? "And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and 
the Lord said in his heart, I will not againcursetheground any more 
for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his 
youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have 
done. While the earth remalneth, seedtime and harvest, and cold 
and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not 
cease." Gen. 8:20-22. 

The next destruction of this world, by fire, we believe according to 
Holy Writ, will be a destruction of the people, not a total destruction 
of all vegetation, as was the flood. As a remnant was saved in the 
ark, just so we believe there will be a remnant of God's people, 
Israel, saved at Armageddon, as symbolized by the one hundred 
forty-four thousand "sealed in their foreheads." Rev. 7:1-8; Rev. 14: 
1-6; Zech. 14:1-10; II Pet. 3:7-8. God will preserve nature'(it is His 
Covenant with Noah and every living thing). Yet many disruptions 
will take place on the earth, in the days of the pouring out of the 
"seventh angel's vial" and at Armageddon, as shown by Christ in His 
Revelation to His Church. 

In Noah's sacrifice, we see a perpetuation of the sacrifice of 
animals, a sacrifice of blood, such as the sacrifice of Abel, which 
had the respect of the Lord. God promised Noah that, "Every 
moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green 
herb have I given you all things. Butflesh with the lifethereof, which 
is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your 
lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at 



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the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I requirethe 
life of man. (God's law is still "Thou shalt not kill.") . . . And you, be 
ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abunddantly in the earth, and 
multiply therein." Gen. 9:3-7. 

God then gave His second covenant to man, which we will note 
later as we proceed. But first let us note the meaning of the word 
"covenant". The most common useof this word in the Bible is: For a 
covenant (an agreement, or promise) between God and His people. 
Note also, God's Covenant with man is made upon a condition of 
obedience to Him by man. We will try to point out these Covenants 
as we come to them. God's f i rst covenant, as poi nted out above, was 
with Adam, which was of "continued lifeandfavorwithGod,"onthe 
condition of man's obedience. Gen. 2:16-17. 

God's second covenant, which we are discussing here, was made 
to Noah and the living creatures, that there would be no more flood 
to destroy the earth. Gen. 9:8-17, "And God spake unto Noah, and 
to his sons with him, saying. And I, behold, I establish my covenant 
with you, and with your seed after you (this covenant stands 
throughout all coming generations); And with every living creature 
that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the 
earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the 
earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all 
flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there 
any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the 
token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every 
living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set 
my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant 
between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass when I bring a 
cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I 
will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and 
every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more 
become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the 
cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting 
covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is 
upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the 
covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is 
upon the earth." 

— To be continued 
Bro. William Root 



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NEWS ITEMS 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Winterhaven Congregation will hold their 
Lovefeast, February 17, 1979. Services will be held Saturday 
morning, afternoon with the Lovefeast in the evening, followed by 
services throughout Sunday. A hearty welcome is extended to all. 

Sister Emma Freed, Cor. 

A NOTE OF THANKS 

I would like to take this way of expressing my appreciation to all 
the Brethren and Sisters, who sent cards, prayers and gifts my way 
during my illness and subsequent treatments. 

May God richly bless each one for his thoughtfulness. 

Sister Maria St. John 

APPRECIATION 

With deep appreciation I wanttoexpressmysincerethankstothe 
Englewood Congregation for remembering me on my eighty-fourth 
birthday in my home. I have been confined since a fall some time 
back. To the good Sisters who brought dinner in and who ate with 
me and to the young people who came in the evening with 
refreshments and a scrapbook from the Englewood Congregation 
and to other Christian Friends, may God bless you all. 

Sister Pearl Troutwine 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY 

Feb. 4 — Woe Unto the Wicked. Isaiah 5:8-30 

Feb. 11 — "Here Am I; Send Me." Isaiah 7:1-25 

Feb. 18 — God's Assurance — A Sign From God. Isaiah 7:1-25 

Feb. 25 — "Unto Us A Child is Born." Isaiah 9:1-7 (Isaiah 8:1-22) 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why do God's people go into captivity? Isaiah 5:13. 

(2) What happened to Isaiah before he could be a messenger 
for God? Isaiah 6:7. 

(3) What was the sign from God that would identify the Mes- 
siah? Isaiah 7:14. 

(4) What were some of the titles that Isaiah prophesied of Jesus? 
Isaiah 9:6. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 1979 



Memory Verse: Psa. 51:10 
Create in me a clean heart, O 
God; and renew a right spirit 
within me. 

Thur. 1— Gen. 1:1-31 

Fri. 2— Gen. 2:1-25 

Sat. 3— Gen. 6:1-22 



Memory Verse: Ecc. 12:1 
Remember now thy creator in the 
days of thy youth, while the evil 
days come not, nor the years 
draw nigh, when thou shalt say, 
I have no pleasure in them; 

Sun. 4— Deut. 4:1-24 

Mon. 5— Deut. 4:25-49 

Tues. 6— Psa. 51:1-19 

Wed. 7— Psa. 102:1-28 

Thur. 8— Psa. 104:1-35 

Fri. 9— Psa. 148:1-14 

Sat. 10— Ecc. 12:1-14 



Memory Verse: Isa. 40:28 
Hast thou not known? hast thou 
not heard, that the everlasting 
God, the Lord, the creator of the 
ends of the earth, fainteth not, 
neither is weary? there is no 
searching of his understanding. 

Sun. 11— Isa. 4-1-6 

Mon. 12— Isa. 40:1-31 

Tues. 13— Isa. 41:1-29 

Wed. 14— Isa. 42:1-25 

Thur. 15— Isa. 43:1-28 

Fri. 16— Isa. 45:1-25 

Sat. 17— Isa. 48:1-22 



Memory Verse: Isa. 43:1 
But now saith the Lord that cre- 
ated thee, O Jacob, and he that 
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: 
for I have redeemed thee, I have 
called thee by thy name; thou 
art mine. 

Sun. 18— Isa. 54:1-17 

Mon. 19— Isa. 57:1-21 

Tues. 20— Isa. 65:1-25 

Wed. 21— Eze. 28:1-26 

Thur. 22— Amos 4:1-13 

Fri. 23— Mal. 2:1-17 

Sat. 24— Mark 10:1-22 



Memory Verse: Isa. 45:18 
For thus saith the Lord that 
created the heavens; God him- 
self that formed the earth and 
made it; he hath established it, 
he created it not in vain, he 
formed it to be inhabited: I am 
the Lord; and there is none else. 

Sun. 25— Mark 13:1-23 

Mon. 26— Rom. 1:16-32 

Tues. 27— Rom. 8:19-39 

Wed. 28—1 Cor. 11:1-16 



Memory Verses: Isa. 65:17 & 18 
For, behold, I create new heavens 
and a new earth: and the former 
shall not be remembered, nor 
come into mind. But be ye glad 
and rejoice forever in that which 
I create: for, behold, I create 
Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her 
people a joy. 

Mal. 2:10 
Have we not all one father? 
hath not one God created us? 
why do we deal treacherously 
every man against his brother, by 
profaning the covenant of our 
fathers? 



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VOL. LVII 



FEBRUARY 1, 1979 



NO. 3 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant ainn to be more sanctified, nnore righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE GREAT PHYSICIAN 

The great Physician now is near, 

The sympathizing Jesus; 

He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, 

Oh, hear the voice of Jesus. 

Your many sins are all forgiv'n, 

Oh, hear the voice of Jesus; 

Go on your way in peace to heav'n, 

And wear a crown with Jesus. 

All glory to the dying Lamb! 

I now believe in Jesus; 

I love the blessed Savior's name, 

I love the name of Jesus. 

His name dispels my guilt and fear, 

No other name but Jesus; 

Oh, how my soul delights to hear 

The charming name of Jesus. 

The children, too, both great and small, 

Who love the name of Jesus, 

May now accept the gracious call 

To work and live for Jesus. 

— William Hunter 



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THE GREAT PHYSICIAN 

'They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick." 
Matt. 9:12b. Because of the cost, inconvenience and discomfort of 
going to the doctor, people are reluctant to go unless they are sick. 
The well do not seek the physician's help because they have no 
need of it. 

Although God is interested in our physical well-being, His 
primary concern is our Spiritual well-being. The body is earthy and 
is destined to return to the dust from which Adam was first taken. 
The soul is everlasting. The soul abides in the body of man during 
his lifetime, but at death wilt find its eternal home, either in Heaven 
or Hell. God desires each person to live so his soul might after- 
wards enjoy Heaven. 

The well body needs no doctor and the well (or supposedly well) 
soul seeks no Saviour. But people often are not as well inwardly as 
they think. Disease in its earliest stage may be within, but people 
do not realize it. Although they are supposedly well, they actually 
could use the services of a physician. Jesus when speaking of the 
need of a physician was speaking of everyone's need. 

Jesus, unlike the Pharisees, did not stay aloft from the common 
people. He met with, preached to and ate with them, although they 
were despised by the self-righteous Pharisees. The publicans 
could enjoy the company of Jesus. They could feel His concern for 
them. They knew their own lives. They knew they had failed to live 
up to the Law of Moses. They knew they were despised by their 
religious leaders. They could find little consolation in that religion, 
but they could find love and compassion in Jesus. They 

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recognized their condition and they recognized who their Great 
Physician was. They were not whole; they needed a physician; 
they found that need supplied by Jesus. 

The Pharisees considered themselves to be whole. They did not 
need a physician. They considered themselves to be the heirs of 
Moses, not only did they study the Law, they actually established 
their own law, which was opposed to God's Way. Outwardly they 
were very careful to maintain an appearance of serving God but in- 
wardly they were Spiritually dead. Their disease was less 
pronounced, but as deadly as the sins of the publicans. It was 
especially deadly because they did not recognize that they were 
Spiritually sick. 

The self-righteousness of the Pharisees was a terrible affliction 
that prevented them from seeing their own true condition al- 
though they were experts at pointing out the faults of others. 
Although they saw no need for consulting a physician, Jesus, the 
Great Physician, had already diagnosed their true case. He knew 
their outward appearance was a shell that hid the grossest of 
passions and the darkest of sins. 

The self-righteous Pharisees loved to make a show of their piety 
and generosity. They could time their daily activities so the hour of 
prayer would find them at a busy street corner. They could choose 
the coins that would make the loudest sound when dropped into 
the alms box. They could exhibit good works in a way that 
destroyed the good of those works. 

Jesus spoke of their fastidiousness in tithing their spices but 
they had forgotten the weightier matters of the Law — judgment, 
mercy and faith. They were strict in keeping the outward formali- 
ties of the Law but these things had lost their Spiritual value for 
them. Their pious, public prayers had become a formality. The very 
ones who made these prayers drove widows out of their homes 
and refused help to the orphans. The Pharisees considered them- 
selves to be whole but Jesus said they were not only sick but 
Spiritually dead. He called them whited sepulchers, full of dead 
men's bones. They were beautiful without but dead within. The 
Pharisees were not interested in serving God righteously nor in 
teaching others that way either. They would go to great lengths to 
proselyte a man, then would lead him to condemnation by their 
traditions which countermanded God's Word. 

Today there are many descendants of these Pharisees, not only 
fleshly but also their Spiritual descendants. There are many 
teachers who have devised various ways to Heaven, which are 
contrary to God's Word. Whether these are the teachings of "faith 
only," "eternal security" or varied rituals and social programs, they 
are but the Pharisee's legacies. 



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Perhaps the greater number of the Pharisee's descendants are 
not affected by erronous teachings as nnuch as by self-righteous- 
ness. Many depend on an outward display that has no 
corresponding comnnitnaent in the heart. Many will speak of their 
own nearly perfect lives, excusing their own sins. Sin, to them, is 
something that only some other is guilty of. 

Do you need a doctor? It is far better to recognize your need and 
to go to the Great Physician than to maintain a fiction of perfect 
Spiritual health and to be lost. Jesus is the Great Physician. 



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SPURGEON AND THE BOOKWORM 
C. H. Spurgeon on one occasion went into Scotland and stopped 
at a wayside inn. There he picked up an old wormeaten Bible. 
He held it up between himself and the sun, and there was just 
one place that he could see the light clear through. One worm had 
begun at Genesis, and eaten right through to Revelation. 
Mr. Spurgeon said, "Lord, make me a bookworm like that!" 
Oh, that we all could just eat into the Bible a little section at a 
time! But if you study it word by word, you will be enriched. Word 
studies of the Bible are like picking up pearls and diamonds. 

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date of the issue. 

11. The Publication Board has 
decided that News Items should 
contain material of genera! interest to 
the Brotherhood. Therefore items of 
only local interest should not be in- 
cluded in News Items, such as Local 
Sunday School officers, District 
meeting delegates, minor local church 
property improvements and items "In 
Memoriam." 

12. Read these and then write. 

FIXED 
COMMUNION DATES 

Third Sat. March-Quinter, Kansas 
First Sat. April-Dallas Center, Iowa 
Fourth Sat. April-Pleasant Home, Calif. 
Last Sat, April-Grandview, Missouri 
Last Sun. April-Bethel, Pa. 
First Sun.May-Waynesboro, Pa. 
Third Sat. May-Dayton, Virginia 
Third Sat. May-West Fulton, Ohio 
Third Sun. May-Lititz, Pa. 
Fourth Sun. May-Shrewsbury. Pa 
Sat before First Sun Aug -Broadwater 

Chapel, Maryland 
Sat before Fourth Sun Aug. -Shallow 

Falls, Maryland 

Labor Day Weekend-South Fulton, III. 
Last Sun. Sept. -Mountain Dale. Md 
First Sun. Oct -Walnut Grove, Md. 
Second Sun Oct -Waynesboro, Pa. 
Third Sat. Oct -Dayton, Virginia 
Third Sun Oct -Lititz Pa 
Fourth Sat. Oct.-Englewood, Ohio 
Last Sun. Oct -Bethel. Pa 
First Sun Nov -Shrewsbury. Pa 
Second Sat Nov -Pleasant Home, Cal 



MINISTERIAL 
LIST 

BASHOR, W. E. (E) 
867 Lorna Drive 
Glen Ellen, California 95442 
707-996-0842 

BIRD, WALTER W. (E) 
R. 1, Box 93-A 
Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3655 

BLOCHER, PAUL D. (E) 
R. 1, 11703 Haber Road 
Union, Ohio 45322 
513-836-3506 

BROADWATER, CARL (M) 
R. 6 

York, Pa. 17404 
717-792-1803 

BYFIELD, PAUL (M) 
R. 7, Box 29-B 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-523-8412 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (M) 
R. 5 

Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 

CARPENTER, WM. (E) 
R. 1, Box 242 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
P.O. Box 188 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

COOK, MILTON (M) 
Apt. 3, 1309 W. Lynne 
Anaheim, California 92802 
714-635-4575 

COVER, RUDOLPH (M) 
2034 Roble Ave. 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-521-5074 



BIBLE MONITOR 



EBERLY, ALLEN B. (E) 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Penna. 17522 
717-354-9285 

EBLING, DAVID (E) 
Box 26 

Bethel, Pa. 19507 
717-933-8192 

FLORA, JOSEPH E. (E) 
R. 3 

Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-4382 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

GUNDERMAN, H. M. (E) 
22605 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

HARLACHER, GALEN (E) 
404 Columbia Dr., N.W. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2033 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 

Box 131, Antioch Route 
New Greek, W. Va. 26743 

HARTZ, PAUL A. Jr. (M) 
703 W. Cherry Street 
Palmyra, Pa. 17078 

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
Quintet, Kansas 67752 

JAMISON, HERMAN (M) 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
5-1307-S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-335-9133 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
703-434-7824 

KEGERREIS, DAVID (M) 
R. 1 
Bethel, Pa. 19507 



KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
R. 1, Box 92 
Richland, Pa. 17087 
717-933-4665 

KEENEY, LAVERNE (E) 
R. 1, Box 233A 
Lititz, Pa. 17543 
717-738-1566 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-1176 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (M) 
419 N. Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
717-359-5753 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th St. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

MALLOW, ELDON (M) 
R. 4, Box 274A 
Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
R. 3 

York, Pa. 17402 
717-755-9812 

MYERS, PAUL R. (E) 
Box 117 

Greentown, Ohio 44630 
216-499-6080 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pa. 17403 

717-741-1607 

PEASE, WALTER 0. (M) 
R. 1, Box 173 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
R. 10, Box 120 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 

717-243-8328 

PIFER, FRED (M) 
R. 3 

Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 



BIBLE MONITOR 



REED, D. PAUL (E) 
R. 3, Box 1 
Riner, Virginia 24149 

REED, HAYES (E) 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95350 
209-523-2753 

REED, RAY R. (E) 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3031 

REED, R. Q. E. (E) 
Star Route 
Radford, Va. 24141 

REED, W. S. (E) 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3583 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
9966 Pitsburg-Laura Road 
Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
513-947-1074 

RICE. JOSHUA (E) 
R. 3 

Frederick, Md. 21701 
301-898-9741 

ROESCH, MELVIN C. (E) 
Box 58 

502 W. Rings St. 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5079 

ROOT, WM. (E) 

1612 Morphy Street 
Great Bend, Kansas 67530 
316-SW3-5284 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) . 
R. 1 

Converse, Ind. 46919 
317-395-3751 

SCHULTZ, CLYDE E. (E) 
Box 105 
Turlock, California 95380 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
R. 4 

Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
717-597-7282 



SHANK, RAY S. (E) 

c/o Kraley's Senior Citizen Home 
213 West Main St. 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055 
717-697-9643 

SHELLY, EMMERT O., Jr. (M) 
California Road 
R. 2, Box 512 

Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 

SHUMAKE, L. A. (E) 
R. 5, Box 223 
Louisa, Virginia 23093 
703-967-1993 

SKILES, DANIEL C. (M) 
6560 Sonoma Mt. Road 
Santa Rosa, California 95431 
707-544-1472 

SKILES, DAVID L. (M) 
P.O. Box 188 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

SKILES, ORA (E) 
3623 Toomes Rd. 
Modesto, Calif. 95351 
209-545-0551 

SMITH, BERTON E. (M) 
R. 2 
Topeka, Indiana 46571 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
McClave, Colo. 81057 
303-829-4521 

SNYDER, JACK L. (M) 
RD. 1 
Stevens, Pa. 17578 

215-267-3174 

ST. JOHN, DEAN (E) 
1040 Hillsdale Road 
R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
517-254-4338 

ST. JOHN, DENNIS 

R. 1 

Stryker, Ohio 43557 

419-682-3660 



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SURBEY, HOWARD J. (E) 
749 W. King St. 
Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
717-359-4272 

SWIHART, FLOYD T. (E) 
1903 W. Clinton St. 
Goshen, Ind. 46526 
219-KE-3357 

SWIHART, MERLE (M) 
R. 2, Box 137 
Topeka, Ind. 46571 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Ind. 46526 
219-825-2277 

WALKER, HENRY (M) 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
303-829-451 1 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 
R. 2, Box 112 
Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 

DUNKARD BRETHREN 



DEACONS 



Armstrong, Ellis 
Beam, Willard 
Beeman, Oscar 
Beery, Ezra 
Brooks, Marion 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Cease, John 
Diehl, Forest 
Eberly, Marvin 
Ftory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gilpin, Joseph 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Jan 
Heisey, William 
Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 



Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kline, Floyd 
Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman, Thomas 
Lilly, Eldon 
Litfin, Doyle 
Longnecker, George H. 
Longnecker, George T. 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Pete 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Levi H. 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Kyle 
Reed, Leonard 
Reed, Nelson R. 
Reed, Oty 
Rice, Lawrence 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Royer, Nathan 
Ruff, Harvey 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Sampson, George 
Silknitter, Alvin 
Sines, Virgil 
Smootz, Virgil 
Snyder, Dwight 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 
Stump, Paul 
St. John, Clifford 
St. John, Samuel W. 
Switzer, Charles 
Throne, George 
Throne, Harvey 
Uplinger, Wilbur 
Welch, Chester 
Wertz, Ivon 
Wertz, Richard J. 



BIBLE MONITOR 



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Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



AUDITING 
COMMITTEE 



Paul E. Heisey 
201 North Madison St. 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419-924-5192 

Rudy A. Shaffer 
R. 1 Box 193 

Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 
717-665-7061 



GOSSIP, BOTH 
VERBAL AND 
BY MAIL 

A Elders, other officials and all others 
are admonished that being busybodies in 
other men's matters, is contrary to the 
Scriptures and it should not be indulged 
in, as it causes complaint and in- 
terference with the spiritual life and work 
of those concerned This applies 
especially where there may be trouble in 
the church, both to local members and 
those elsewhere, talking and writing 
about such matters. 

B When advice is sought of an of- 
ficial in any church matter he (the official) 
should be exceedingly careful in giving 
advice, so as not to interfere in any way 
with proper care of difficulties, by officials 
whose business they are. Elders and all 
others should, in seeking advice, begin at 
home when at all possible and be careful 
to proceed regularly and in brotherly love 

C In correspondence, care should 
be exercised not to make statements that 
may be construed as derogatory to any 
member If such things are done, fui. 
responsibility must be understood as 
being assumed by the writer 

D Caucusing, that is, the talking over 
and planning by groups, what to do or 
how to move in any particular matter is 
unprofitable, causative of distress and 
trouble and should not be indulged in by 
officials or any one else 



E. Talking or circulating of what was 
done in council, either to members who 
were not present or to outsiders, is 
irregular and unChristian and should not 
be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN 
SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 
Box 12 

Dallas Center, Iowa 5CX)63 
515-992-3031 

Howard J. Surbey, Exec. See. 
749 West King St. 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 

717-359-4272 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-1176 

Hayes Reed 

1433 0vertioitzerDr 
Modesto. Calif. 95360 
209-523-2753 

Allen B. Eberly 
R.3 

Ephrata, Pa. 17522 
717^354-9285 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairnrian 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, California 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter. Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 

Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Jack Snyder 

R. 1 

Stevens. Pennsylvania 17578 

215-267-3174 

Robert Carpenter 
R. 5 

Peru, Indiana 46970 
317-395-7879 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



LOCATION OF 
CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PA. 

Frystown House, located in 
Frystown, in northwestern Berks 
County, one mile south of Route 78 
and one mile west of Route 501. 

Milbach House, located halfway be- 
tween Kteinfeltersville and Newmans- 
town, in Lebanon County or halfway 
between Schafferstown and Womeis- 
dorf. Pa. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MD. 

From Cumberland, Maryland travel 
west on National Freeway #48, 20 miles 
to Lower New Germany Road Exit. 
Turn left or south under freeway three- 
tenths mile, turn right on Lower New 
Germany Road 3.8 miles, left on 
Westernport Road 3.8 miles, right on 
Savage Road 3.9 miles to church on 
left. 

From Morgantown, W. Va. area, 
travel east on National Freeway #48 to 
Lower New Germany Road Exit. Turn 
right three-tenths mile, turn right on 
Lower New Germany Road and follow 
above directions. 

Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 
#50 take U.S. Route #220 north, take 
Maryland Route #135 at McCoole (just 
north of Keyser, W. Va.) seven miles to 
Bloomington, Maryland. Turn right on 
Savage River Road, 12V2 miles to 
church on right. 

CLEARVILLE, PA. 

Wards Church, located 14 miles 
southwest of Everett, Pa. all improved 
roads. From Everett take Route 26 to 
Clearville, Pa. At Clearville straight 
ahead South, leaving Rt. 26, which 
turns right, one and one-half miles, 
then turn right at fork. Ward's Church 
is five miles on the left. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on Route 44, 
twenty-four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn south off of Route 44 on 
to Percival Ave. (first street west of R.R. 
tracks); the church is located 3 blocks 
south on the southeast corner of 
Percival and Ash Streets. 



DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg exit No. 63. Go to second 
stop light. Route 42, turn left to Dayton, 
(3 miles) right on Route 257 two 
blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Rt. 
440 and Rt. 48 cross at the center of 
Englewood. Church house is located 
on the right of Rt. 48, one block north 
of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County No. 130. Take U.S. 33 
or Indiana #15 to Goshen, turn west at 
Police booth. Four blocks beyond 
bridge, turn right on North Indiana 
Ave., one block turn left on W. Clinton 
St. One mile to Green Rd., right one 
block and church is located on east 
side of road. 

GRANDViEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway AV? miles 
south to 139th St., turn west, go to the 
second street and south one block. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Coming from the South on Route 
501, turn right at the fourth stoplight in 
Lititz, when coming from the North 
turn left at the first stoplight, which is 
East Lincoln St. Go to first crossroad, 
turn right, go to second crossroad, turn 
right to brick church on the right. 
MECHANICSBURG, PA. 
CUMBERLAND CO. 

Located between Routes 15 and 11. 
The town is bisected by Route 114 into 
East and West, and by Route 641 into 
North and South. The church is 
located on West Keller St., or corner of 
Keller and Washington St., four blocks 
west of Market St. or Route 1 1 4. 
Leaving the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 
the Carlisle interchange, Route 11 will 
lead east to Route 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at Gettysburg interchange, 
Route 16 will lead west to Route 114. 
McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Cloverleaf church is located one 
mile north of U.S. Highway #50, four 
miles west of McClave junction, or two 



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13 



miles east of Hasty, Colo., on U.S. #50 
and then north one mile. 

MIDWAY, INDIANA 

An old red brick school house on 
your right, as you travel southwest 
from Peru, just off U.S. Highway 31, 
three miles from the Courthouse, 
which is located near the center of 
Peru, Indiana. 

MOUNTAINDALE, MD. 

Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, Md., 
from east go through town to west on 
road from Lewistown to Yellow 
Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles from Yellow Springs. If 
traveling U.S. 15, this road crosses No. 
15, half mile west of Lewistown and six 
miles South of Thurmont. 

PLEASANT HOME, CA. 

Coming from the north on Rt. 99, to 
Ceres, go through underpass, turn 
right to stop sign on El Camino St., turn 
left on Park St. to 6th St., turn right one 
block to Roeding Ave., turn left and go 
IV2 mites to the Church on Roeding. 
Coming from the south, turn off high- 
way on El Camino to stop sign, turn left 
on Park St. and follow above 
directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Located in Williams County, four 
mites west of West Unity, forty rods 
north of Route 20 alternate. Two miles 
east of junction of Ohio Route 15 and 
U.S. Route 20 alternate. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

Route 1 8 passes east and west 
through Converse. In Converse, turn 
south at stoplight and go three miles. 
Turn right on blacktop road and go five 
miles west to Plevna. Or go west of 
Converse on Route 18 for five miles, 
turn left and go three miles south. The 
Church is on west side of street near 
the square of Plevna. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 
Highway 99W enters Newberg in 
east-west direction. Those entering 
from the east on First St., go to third 
stop light, turn right on North Main. Go 
four blocks to the church at corner of 
N. Main and Franklin Sts. Entering 
from the west, turn left at first stop light 
onto N. Main and go four blocks to the 
corner of Main and Franklin Sts. 



ORION, OHIO 

Located in northeastern Ohio, on 
Orion Road, one fourth mile west of 
State Rt. 8 at a point six miles north of 
Canton or one and one-half miles 
north of North Canton and 17 miles 
south of Akron. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

S. FULTON, ILLINOIS 

Astoria, III., is located on Rt. 24, 
coming from east or west, turn south at 
the bank corner marked by the big 
clock. Two miles south and on the right 
at top of hill. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 

Church is located in west side of 
town, on corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and turn 
left on Third Street, church house is 
one block. 

SHREWSBURY, PA. 

Fourteen miles south of York on 
Route 1 1 1 , at the north end of the town 
of Shrewsbury. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MD. 

Traveling U.S. Rt. 50, turn north at 
Red house, half way between Clarks- 
burg and Winchester, follow Rt. 219 to 
Oakland, there turn left on county road 
20. The church is on Rt. 20, about nine 
miles north of Oakland. Traveling U.S. 
Rt. 40, turn south onto Rt. 219, at 
Keyser Ridge, follow Route 219 about 
four miles past Deep Great Lake, turn 
right on county road 20 at a store. The 
church is one and one-half mites 
Swallow Falls Park. 

WALNUT GROVE, MD. 

About midway between Frederick, 

Md. and Hanover, Pa. One-fourth mile 

east of Route 194, at an intersection 

three miles north of Taneytown, Md. 

W. FULTON, OHIO 

Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U.S. Route 20 alternate, three and one- 
half mites west of junction of Ohio. 
Route 1 08 and U.S. Route 20 alternate. 
WINTERHAVEN, CA. 

Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 
of Beaumont on Beaumont Ave., go 
right on Brookside (marked with a 
Highland Springs sign) to Jonathan, 
left to Lincoln and right to the church. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



MISSIONS 



CLEARVILLE, PA. - In South Central 
Pennsylvania, about half-way between 
Everett on Route 30 and Piney Grove on 
Route 40. About six miles south of Clear- 
vilie, Pa., along hard road a tittle east of 
Route 26. Services second, fourth and 
fifth Sundays, 10:00 a.m. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Located southwest of Cuba, New 
Mexico, 23 miles. Turn on State High- 



way 197 in Cuba. Follow Route 197 for 
19nniles when you will take an un paved 
road to the left. A nnission sign marks 
this junction. Proceed 3 miles to the 
mission. Present personnel includes 
David and Mildred Skiles and family; 
Alvin and Mary Ellen Chupp and fami- 
ly; Sally Stauffer; Nedra Pike; Mary 
Lou Stauffer; Joyce Reed; Marvin 
Lorenz and Rick St. John. Visitors 
would be wise to notify mission in 
advance. Address, P.O. Box 188, 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013. Please 
contact for further information. 



MARRIAGE 

LILLY-JONES 

Sis. Marie Lilly, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Eldon Lilly, Rt. 1, 
La Fontaine, Indiana and Bro. Jannes Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Clarence Jones, Wabash, Indiana were united in marriage, 
December 16, 1978 at the Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church. The 
ceremony was performed by Bro. Robert Carpenter The couple 
will reside at Rt. 1, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940. 



THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"THY SON LIVETH" 

John 4:46-54 

Have you ever been sick? Almost everyone has. Some times 
people get so sick that they die. Have you ever thought when you 
were sick, "Oh, if I could only be well again — right now!" It doesn't 
work that way; does it? Sometimes it takes a long time to get 
completely well. 

One time when Jesus was here. He came to a town called Cana. 
This was the place where Jesus had turned the water into wine. 
There was a certain nobleman who lived at Capernaum. He had a 
son who was very sick and had a high fever. If something wasn't 
done for him soon, he would die. The boy's father was very con- 
cerned. When he heard that Jesus was in Cana, he went to see 
Him. I suppose he had tried all the remedies that the doctors of 
that day could give his son, but nothing seemed to help. The boy 
only kept getting worse and worse. It was nearly twenty miles from 



BIBLE MONITOR 15 



Capernaum to Cana. When the nobleman saw Jesus he asked Him 
to come to Capernaum and heal his son. We do not know how he 
thought that Jesus could make a sick person well. Maybe he had 
been to the wedding in Cana and heard how Jesus turned the 
water into wine. A man who could do that, could do anything! 

Jesus said to the nobleman, "Except ye see signs and wonders, 
you will not believe." 

The nobleman said, "Sir, come down to Capernaum. My child is 
so sick he will die." 

Do you think Jesus went to Capernaum to see the sick boy? No, 
He didn't! Jesus said to the man, "Go thy way; thy son liveth." 

The man believed Jesus and started back home to Capernaum. 
As he came near, his servants met him and told him, "Thy son 
liveth." 

Then the nobleman asked the servants when his son began to 
get well and they said unto him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the 
fever left him." 

So the father knew that it was at the same hour that Jesus had 
said unto him, "Thy son liveth." And the nobleman believed in 
Jesus and all his family and all his servants. 

I'm sure that father was a happy man when his little boy was well 
again. Jesus can do anything. He will even forgive your sins, if you 
will believe in Him. He can make you well again. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

It is an easy matter to be faithful when everything is favorable for being 
so. 



•J 
Pride is one of the underlying causes of man's separation from God. 

A vain garb is good evidence of a vain mind. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 242 

Morenci, Mich. 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
R. 1, Box 242 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Jack Snyder 

R. 1 

Stevens, Pa. 17578 

215-267-3174 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 

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VOL. LVII 



FEBRUARY 15, 1979 



NO. 4 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be nnore sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience, 

HE MAKETH NO MISTAKE 

My Father's ways may twist and turn, 

My heart may throb and ache, 
But in my soul I'm glad I know, 

He maketh no mistake. 

My cherished plans may go astray. 

My hopes may fade away, 
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead, 

For He doth know the way. 

Tho night be dark and it may seem, 

That day will never break, 
I'll pin my faith, my all in Him, 

He maketh no mistake. 

There's so much now I cannot see, 

My eyesight far too dim. 
But come what may, I'll simply trust 

And leave it all to Him. 

For by and by the mist will lift 

And plain it all He'll make 
Through all the way, tho dark to me. 

He made not one mistake. 

Selected by Sister Susanna B. Johns 



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A FITLY SPOKEN WORD 

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." 
Proverbs 25:11. 

The wise man shows the value of a fitly spoken word in a rather 
unusual way. He wishes for us to visualize a very rich scene. The 
first thing brought to mind is the apples. The apples of nature are 
one of our most versatile and useful fruits. Apples come in many 
varieties. Each variety has its particular characteristic. Apples can 
be eaten raw or fixed in many different ways. Just as apples come 
in many varieties, so fitly spoken words also come in different 
forms and varieties. 

The apples of Solomon's pictures are not the mere everyday 
apples of nature. They are apples of gold. Not only do we have a 
picture of usefulness but of beauty and richness at the same time. 
Gold is today, as it has been throughout history, the premier metal 
of the world. It is highly sought after and coveted. Not only is it 
valuable but it can be made into objects of beauty. Gold is very 
highly valued by men and a fitly spoken word by this association is 
shown to be valuable and beautiful by the wise man. 

The picture is not yet complete enough for Solomon, who lived 
in the midst of splendor and plenty. These golden apples are 
framed by a rich, silver frame. The silver sets off the golden beauty 
of the apples. The silver used in this picture is pure. The impurities 
found naturally with silver have been refined away or they would 
distract from this perfect picture. Likewise a fiftly spoken word is 
a pure word. No taint of sin, foolishness or jealousy could be in 
a word described so eloquently. 

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Throughout the Bible we have many warnings given con- 
cerning our speech. God knowing the frame of man warns about 
the destructive, unruliness of the tongue. Through James, God 
warns us of its destructive power. That power is greater than the 
strongest horse or largest ship. It is also pictured as a fire. Its 
deceitfulness is especially warned against. The warnings are harsh 
but necessary, for the tongue does speak many useless and often 
hurtful words that should have been left unspoken. 

In contrast to these warnings about words, God through 
Solomon gives us here a picture of words that is pleasant and 
encouraging. Fitly spoken words are the opposite of those warned 
against in other passages. These words are beautiful and useful. 

Just as apples come in many varieties so do these highly praised 
words. A word that is appropriate for the occasion is "fitly spoken", 
for it fits the situation. We do not expect levity or boisterousness 
at a funeral or during worship services, nor would we expect 
sorrow in times of happiness. The word that is appropriate during 
one season may fail in its mission during another season because 
it does not fit. To be considered apples of gold, words must be 
appropriate. 

That fitly spoken word may take several forms as the occasion 
demands. It may not always be a gentle word or an appreciative 
word for there may be times when a word of instruction or rebuke 
would be the appropriate word. The one who is discouraged or 
burdened will certainly feel that a word of encouragement or 
gentleness is as an apple of gold. It fits the need of the hour. While 
at the time, the one who is rebuked or corrected may not feel so 
charitable toward that word of instruction or reproach, yet if he 
receives it as he should, it will prove to be as valuable as gold to 
him later on. A word of appreciation is viewed by the recipient as a 
very valuable thing for it brightens the day and lightens the load. 
This word of appreciation is so beautiful because it is from the 
heart. This is not flattery, for flattery is a falsehood. Falsehood is 
not apples of gold but like gold plated apples, which would 
cheapen the picture Solomon has drawn for us. 

Fitly spoken words are words not merely thought but actually 
spoken or written to the one who needs them. A few words, spoken 
or written, when they fit the occasion are worth much more than 
many words contemplated but never committed to speech or 
paper. Spoken or written words become apples of gold. A word of 
encouragement, thanks or peace can be very valuable to the 
defeated, burdened, or discouraged. A word of rebuke may also be 
valuable to the wayward or unknowing. 

Solomon pictures a fitly spoken word as a thing of value, purity 
and beauty, no matter of what variety. Do your words fit this 
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IS JESUS ENOUGH? 

Is Jesus enough? Do we need anything or anyone besides Him? 
Can He provide for every need we have? *'Of course, He's enough," 
you say. But how do you know that? Has He been sufficient in your 
life, or do you still think you need this or that plus Jesus? We know 
that Jesus is sufficient to save us, but where do we go from there? 
We have physicial and emotional needs also. Is He able to supply 
these needs as well? Will He supply them, or must we make do on 
our own? 

No matter how difficult it is nor how impossible it looks, God can 
make a way. He can provide when it looks hopeless. He can keep 
us safe when danger is present. "For with God nothing shall be 
impossible" (Luke 1:37) was a special assurance given to Mary 
preceding the birth of John the Baptist and of Christ, but it applies 
to every situation. God is able to supply every need in every 
circumstance. He is never limited as we are. Jesus likewise is not 
limited. 

Does Jesus care about our other needs or is His concern strictly 
for our spiritual welfare? Jesus said, "...I am come that they might 
have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 
10:10. He came to give us the best — the abundant life. This is the 
best He has to give in every way, not just enough to get by on. 
'That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to 
be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man." Eph. 
3:16. His first concern is our inner being, for when our soul's need 
is met, our other needs take on a different perspective, but that 
doesn't mean Jesus ignores them. 

Many aspects of life affect us spiritually, at least indirectly. Our 
physical well-being affects us mentally; our mental well-being 
affects us spiritually and physically. Somehow, some way, our 
needs must be met if we are to function the way God wants us to. 
Therefore Christ is concerned about every need, and we have a 
promise that He will supply them. "But my God shall supply all 
your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil. 
4:19. 

Does this mean we will always get everything we need, as we see 
it? Paul was told, "My grace is sufficient for thee." II Cor. 12:9. He 
asked three times for his thorn in the flesh to be removed. His need 
was supplied but the thorn wasn't removed. Instead, he was given 
the grace to live with it. Our needs are not always supplied as we 
wish them to be either, even though we know God could do so. 
Why? Because God knows best, and at times it is best that He leave 
the thorn to remind us that we need Him, while at the same time He 
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Jesus is enough for every need, every situation, every 
obstruction that Satan shoves into our paths. Paul wrote, "I can do 
all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13. 
There is a key, though, to obtaining this help. It doesn't come to 
just anyone. "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundant- 
ly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that 
worketh in us." Eph. 3:20. We must have power — Christ's power — 
working in us in order that we can receive all that He wants to give. 
Without Christ, the things we can ask for or think of just won't 
come our way. With Christ, no matter what we think God can do for 
us. He is able to do that and more, too. 

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that 
come unto God by him." Heb. 7:25a. "For I know whom I have 
believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've 
committed unto him against that day." II Tim. 1:12b. No matter how 
bad you are, Jesus can save you if you will come to Him. When you 
have committed your life to Him, you can be sure that He is enough 
for every need, that He can keep that which you've committed to 
Him. If Jesus is enough for your soul's need, is He not enough for 
your other needs also? 

"Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." I John 
4:4b, Jesus is greater than Satan and is always able to help us. All 
we need to do is ask. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne 
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time 
of need." Heb. 4:16. Whatever situation you are facing, no matter 
how difficult, ask the Lord to provide and give you the victory in it. 
Approach your problem with a positive attitude — that there is a 
way over, under, around or through it ~ and the Lord will show 
you that way. 

Jesus is able to keep us from falling, to present us faultless (Jude 
24). God is able to bless us so we can abound in every good work 
(II Cor. 9:8). Jesus is able to turn even the most difficult situation 
into a blessing, so ask Him to. Likely you will be surprised at His 
ability but more important, you will have a heart filled with peace, 
knowing Jesus can handle every situation. All He asks is that we 
turn it over to Htm and trust Him to do what's best. Jesus is truly 
enough. Is He enough for you? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

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CHRISTIAN LOVE - DO YOU POSSESS IT? 

A Christian is a follower of Christ. A follower of Christ is a 
believer of all of His teachings and is a doer of all His command- 
ments. "Love," Webster would tell us, "means affection, strong 
liking, goodwill, benevolence, and charity." 

I believe we know pretty well what all of these mean, but I want to 
make special note of what benevolence means, "disposition to do 
good; love of mankind." Here we find that the love of Christ is more 
than just heartfelt, or lipservice, but also it is living a life of doing 
good. We as Christians know what doing good means — hearing 
and reading God's Word and trying to live it out in our lives as best 
we can, which can only be done by the help of Christ. A Christian's 
love of mankind would mean this: a sincere concern for your own 
soul which automatically gives you a concern for the souls of the 
unsaved. 

Let's see how the Scriptures bear this out. John 14:15, "If ye love 
me, keep my commandments." 21, "He that hath my command- 
ments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me..." 23, "...If a man 
love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him..." II 
John 6, "... this is love, that we walk after his commandments..." I 
John 3:17-18, "... Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his 
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from 
him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us 
not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." Now, 
in order to have the love of Christ made manifest in our lives we are 
going to have to know what his commandments are, what the 
deeds are we are supposed to do, and to know what is truth. 

First, we are going to have to believe II Tim. 3:16-17, "All 
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for 
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous- 
ness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished 
unto all good works." After we believe this scripture, (which every 
child of God must believe) it becomes our obligation to read and 
study and to listen as the whole Word of God is preached, and then 
to live it out in our lives. If we have the love of Christ in our hearts, 
we will want to do this because we love Him and have a sincere 
desire to follow Him here below and then go to that Prepared Place 
for a prepared people. 

Our deepest and main concern should be that each one of us, 
who professes to be Christian, possess this genuine love for 
Christ. If we do, we will not question for one minute that all the 
New Testament commandments are needful for this day and age. 
Heb. 13:8-9, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for 



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ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it 
is a good thing that the heart be established with grace..." Mai. 3:6, 
"For ! am the Lord I change not..." Eph. 4:4-5, "There is one body, 
and one Spirit, even as ye are called In one hope of your calling; 
one Lord, one faith, one baptism." 

Now, maybe, one of the biggest questions of this day and age 
and, probably, the most confusing events going on right now, Is 
what about the people who say they love Christ and are following 
Christ, and are doing many works in His name, but do not believe 
In the doctrines of the New Testament the way the Word states 
them. The answer Is simply this. If they would really love Christ 
and If they would really be trying to follow Him, they would not 
make excuses or make exceptions for this day and age, but they 
would simply take His word at face value and by the help and grace 
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they would try to live it out. 

Let's see what the Word of God has to say about them. Matt. 
24:4-5, "... Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall 
come In my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." 24, 
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall 
shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, 
they shall deceive the very elect." Mark 13:21-22, "And then If any 
man shall say to you, Lo, here Is Christ; or, lo, he Is there; believe 
him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall 
shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the 
elect." Luke 11:35, "Take heed therefore that the light which is in 
thee be not darkness." 52, "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have 
taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, 
and them that were entering In ye hindered." John 10:1, "... Hethat 
entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some 
other way, the same is a thief and a robber." Acts 20:29-30, "For I 
know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter In 
among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall 
men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after 
them." Rom. 16:17-18, "Now I beseech you brethren, mark them 
which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which 
ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not 
our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and 
fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." Matt. 15:8-9, "This 
people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me 
with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do 
worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." 
James 1:26, "If any man among you seem to be religious, and 
bridleth not his tongue, but decelveth his own heart, this man's 
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Here are some of the many other references I would encourage 
you to read and study and prayerfully consider. Acts 20:29-30; I 
Cor. 11:18; II Cor. 11:3-4, 13-15; Gal. 1:6-8; Eph.4:14; I Tim. 4:1-7; I 
Tim. 6:3-5; 20-21; II Tim. 2:14-18; II Pet. 3:16; Gal. 5:22-26; I Tim. 
2:9-15. 

This is why I firmly believe that when we are approached with a 
new and strange doctrine or teaching, one that doesn't agree with 
New Testament Scriptures, whether it's from within the Church or 
from without, our first duty is to pray that the Holy Spirit might 
guide our thoughts. Then out of a heart of love, and concern for 
souls, we can explain the Scriptures very plainly to them, so there 
is no room for error. 

If it is a Brother or Sister, you might be offended at their unbelief 
of the Scripture. Should their belief spread, it could remove the 
power of Christ from the Church. So you approach them in love 
and concern, carrying out the commandment we have in Matt. 18, 
which I and every other member of our Church promised to do. 

By the same token, if you should see in my life a place where i do 
not believe or try to live out the Scripture, it is my desire and your 
duty for you to come to me and show me. Maybe I did not realize 
that Scripture was there. It probably would be the biggest favor, or 
the greatest act of love or concern, you could have done for me, 
especially, if it is possible that it could have kept me out of Heaven. 
Gal. 6:9-10, ''And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due 
season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore 
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who 
are of the household of faith." 

Matt. 1 1 :28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy 
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of 
me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto 
your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." 

In Christian Love, 
Brother Glenn Burkholder 

• •••••• 

"Keep thy heart with all diligence." Why? "For out of it are the 
issues of life." Prov. 4:23. Preventive care is important to the 
natural heart, and it is just as important to the spiritual heart. 
Spiritual life comes only through Jesus, out of whom is the Issue of 
Life. God knows our hearts and our strength. We need to exercise 
our hearts in God's will, to make us stronger in Him. Will you keep 
your heart? 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THEY DIDN'T LIKE JESUS 

LUKE 4:16-30 

Jesus grew up in a little town called Nazareth. It was a town that 
didn't have a very good reputation. When Philip told Nathaniel 
about Jesus, Nathaniel said, ''Can any good thing come out of 
Nazareth?" 

When Jesus grew up He left Nazareth and preached to the 
people in other places. One time He came back to His home town 
and as His custom was He went to the synagogue on the sabbath 
day and stood up to read. The Jews had places to worship like our 
churches but they were called synagogues. Jesus read from the 
Book of Isaiah, which prophesied what Jesus would do when He 
came. It said that He would preach the gospc! to .. ^ blind, free 
those who had been badly treated and preach the acceptable year 
of the Lord. Then Jesus said, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled." 

Then those that heard Him said, "Is not this Joseph's son?" 

Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own country, but I tell 
you of a truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of 
Elijah but unto none of them was Elijah sent but to a widow of 
Sarepta, a city of Sidon. And many lepers were in Israel in the time 
of Elisha but none were cleansed but Naaman, the Syrian." 

Because Jesus made it plain to them that they were fortunate 
that He was sent to them, they were filled with wrath because they 
didn't believe that Jesus was their Messiah. They became so angry 
that they took Jesus out of the city to the top of a big hill that they 
might throw Him down and kill Him. 

But the time for Jesus to die was not yet. He just passed through 
the crowd and went His way. I don't know whether Jesus made 
himself invisible or whether He just confused the people so they 
didn't know what to do. 

Would you turn Jesus down if He came to see you? I hope you 
wouldn't because Jesus can bless you abundantly. He wants to 
help you but He will not compel you to believe in Him. Jesus died 
on the cross for you and me. Is it too much to ask you to live for 
Him? 

Brother Rudy Cover 

A DIFFERENT KIND OF PEOPLE 

It is my conviction that the true Church is made up of a group of 
people who are separate from the world. In I Peter 2:9 we find listed 
some of these differences. I would like to look at each of these 



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separately and give some understanding of each, as led, hope- 
fully, by the Holy Spirit. 

"But ye are a chosen generation." In Isaiah 65:15 we read, "And 
ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord 
God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:" It is 
my conviction that this verse is a prophecy of the Christian church. 
In John 15:16 we read, "Ye have not chosen me (Jesus), but I have 
chosen you..." What a humbling thought this should be to all of us. 
The God of Glory became a man and died on a cross for our sins, 
not because we deserved it or even because we desired for- 
giveness. God took the Initiative because He so loved us. This does 
not, however, relieve us of the need of accepting or rejecting Jesus 
Christ. Joshua 24:15, "... choose you this day whom ye will serve..." 

"A royal priesthood." Although God has ordained elders and 
pastors to lead the flock, all of us are priests according to 
Scripture. We must be careful we do not put too much of our faith 
in a man rather than Jesus Christ. Also while we are to give due 
respect to our leaders, we must be careful they do not become an 
object of worship. I believe leaders should also be careful they do 
not try to bring praise to themselves, but remember they are only a 
part of the royal priesthood, who have been privileged to be 
chosen as special servants of God. Hebrews 4:15, "For we have not 
an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our 
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without 
sin." This royal priesthood does not need to go to a man for 
strength for themselves or others, but can go to the greatest 
source on Heaven or Earth, our High Priest, Jesus Christ. 

"An holy nation." To some people it would seem America and 
Christianity are synonymous. While few, if any, are so asinine as to 
say no other nation has Christians, it is taught by many that 
"America is God's special nation." Now, I would be the first to say, 
"I thank God for the freedoms we enjoy in this great land and I 
have no time for those who would desecrate the flag or in other 
ways ridicule this country." But after saying this, I have to 
recognize that I am not truly a citizen of the United States 
(although the Bible teaches we must obey the laws of the land, 
where they do not conflict with the laws of God, and pay our 
taxes), but a part of this holy nation, Peter talks about. We are not 
in favor of a "one world government" by man (although this will 
take place according to Scripture), but we have to recognize a 
"one nation government ruled by God." This means, among other 
things, that true Christians cannot fight for any worldly govern- 
ment, for Christ, our King, has ordered otherwise. St. John 17:16, 
"They are not of the world, even as I (Jesus) am not of the world." 

"A peculiar people." It seems to be natural to want to be like 



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everyone else, at least in some things. But to be Christian is to live 
a super-natural life, not by our own power but by the power of the 
Holy Spirit. But we must be willing to yield ourselves to His 
leading. Romans 6:16, ''Know ye not, that to whom ye yield your- 
selves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; 
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" 
The question should not be how close can we live to the world and 
still be Christians, but how obedient are we to the teachings of 
scripture. If we are different in dress and life style only to draw 
attention to ourselves it is indeed all in vain. But If we seek to follow 
scripture, God will indeed be glorified. 

Peter ends this verse telling us why we should be a different 
people, "that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath 
called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" We are to 
praise God with our lips, but even more so by our actions. The 
saying, "Your actions speak so loud I cannot hear a word you're 
saying" is all too true in too many of our lives. Although we must be 
careful we do not allow the world to dictate our personal 
convictions so we are more acceptable, we must be consistent in 
thought and deed. 

Jesus Christ wants to be our Savior, for He has chosen us; our 
High Priest, for He has shed His blood that we might be a royal 
priesthood; our King, for He has risen from the grave to lead a holy 
nation; and our Lord, for He has called us to be a peculiar people. 

James M. Hite 
816 East Birch Street 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 



THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD 

It may be well for us to meditate upon the lives of the great men 
of God. We can see how they were protected in the fiery furnace 
and den of lions. Also we see the small man, David, who through 
the armour of the Lord, was victorious over the huge giant who was 
in an armour of steel. We see Samson, a man of great strength, and 
what happened to him when the Lord departed from him. 

Today, our only hope of salvation, that God has given for us to 
escape eternal destruction, is through accepting all of the saving 
Gospel of Christ, which was brought down from Heaven. The 
Gospel of Christ is "... the power of God unto salvation to every 
one that believeth..." We need to be alert, lest we be led astray in 
these perilous times. We need all of the saving Gospel of Christ, 
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"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand 
against the wiles of the devil." "Wherefore take unto you the whole 
armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, 
and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins 
girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteous- 
ness." Eph. 6:11, 13-14. What a change it would be in the world 
today if all professing Christians would put on the whole armour of 
God. We need the armour of God, which is far above the manmade 
theories of the world. 

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every 
one who believeth and is obedient to all of our roadmap to Eternal 
Glory. When we went down into the liquid stream, we promised to 
renounce Satan with all his pernicious ways and the sinful 
pleasures of this world. Are we living true to this promise? "Be not 
overcome by evil but overcome evil with good." We cannot have on 
the whole armour of God without accepting all of the saving 
Gospel of Christ. What a great change it would be today if all 
professing Christians would accept all of the saving Gospel. We 
need to stand. "By the word of truth, by the power of God, by 
armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left." II Cor. 
6:7. This armour of flesh by itself will fail us. Many are not standing 
against the wiles of the devil because they have not put on the 
whole armour of God. To those who accept the plan of salvation, 
old sinful things have passed away and all things have become 
new. 

We have the record of many in the New Testament who had on 
the whole armour of God. They stood firm through the hardships 
along their pathways and labored earnestly for the cause of Christ 
and the upbuilding of God's kingdom here on Earth. Through the 
armour of God the Apostle Paul fought a good fight, kept the faith, 
and finished his course and looked forward to the great crown of 
righteousness. 

Do we truly have on the whole armour of God and stand against 
all unrighteousness? "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let 
us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the 
armour of light." Rom. 13:12. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

Rt. 9, Box 860 

Plant City, Florida 33566 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from January 15, 1979 Issue 

In this third dispensation, we have the origin of nations and 
languages, and also a continuation of the evil imaginations and 



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wickedness of the human race. We find God's confusion of their 
tongue into tongues. The result was "babel." That confusion was 
made up of the sons of Noah. Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham 
and Japheth. Ham was the builder of Babel. From Babel came the 
name "Babylon", which is so frequently spoken of throughout the 
Bible. We learn from Gen. 9:28-29 that Noah was six hundred years 
old at the time of the flood. Also, we understand that his family had 
reached the age of manhood and womanhood, for it is said that 
Shem, his youngest son, was ninety-eight years old. Hence, in this 
short period of time, the "Post-Deluvian Dispensation," after the 
"Noahic covenant," Gen. 8:20-22, which was a new covenant, and 
after Noah had built an altar to the Lord and sacrificed thereon, 
they seemed to take their government into their own hands, which 
brought about a human government. God had told them to be 
"fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth," but instead of 
scattering and doing that, spreading their posterity, they kept 
together and sought to build a city, and to make themselves a 
name, by building a "tower," which they thought would reach unto 
Heaven. 

The result of this disobedience was that God (the "Eternal") 
came down from Heaven and "confounded their tongues" 
(language). Gen. 11:1-4, "And the whole earth was of one 
language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they 
journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of 
Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another. Go to, 
let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for 
stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said. Go to, let us 
build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and 
let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face 
of the whole earth." We see that this was indeed disobedience for 
God had told them to "multiply and replenish the earth," which 
would have required their scattering over the whole earth. 

"And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which 
the children of men builded. And the Lord said. Behold, the people 
is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: 
and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have 
imagined to do." Dear reader, was this imagination any more 
senseless than the world's imagination today? No more so, we 
think. "Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, 
that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord 
scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: 
and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of 
all the earth." Gen. 11:5-9. 

We learn that the days of this Dispensation was in the days of 
Peleg, when the "Babelites" took over and the earth was divided. 



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Gen. 10:25, "And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one 
was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's 
name was Joktan." Peleg was a great-great grandson of Shem. 
Nimrod, the grandson of Ham, was the first monarch. 

The descendants of Ham were the founders of many nations, 
Gen. 10:15-20. Hence, the earth was apportioned among the 
nations. Nimrod's kingdom was Babel. In the closing verses of 
Gen. 11, which bring us to the close of this, the third, Dispensation 
of the people of this world, which was that of "human govern- 
ment," we are told of the generations of Shem and Terah, who was 
the father of Abram, or Abraham the faithful. Verse 31 of chapter 1 1 
tells us, "And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran 
his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; 
and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into 
the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. 
And the days of Terah (Abraham's father) were two hundred and 
five years: and Terah died in Haran. 

This closes our account of the third Dispensation of the world, 
just at the beginning of the second age of this world. Our next 
article will give the account of the "Calling out of Abram, or 
Abraham." 

Brother William Root 



NOW 

If I'm ever going to serve Him, I must serve Him now, today, 
For my life is passing swiftly, all my moments fly away. 
Yesterday is gone forever, as a shadow that is gone. 
And I have no real assurance I will see tomorrow's dawn. 
If I'm ever going to turn to Him, and turn away from sin. 
If I'm going to live for Jesus, I must even now begin; 
For my days are flowing onward in Time's unrelenting stream, 
Yesterday is gone forever, and tomorrow is a dream. 
If I'm ever going to trust Him, I must trust Him while I may; 
I must yield Him full allegiance while the time is called Today; 
For my life is growing shorter, and death's summons will not wait. 
And 'twill be too late to trust Him when I've passed the outer gate. 
He has pardoned my transgression, from sin's chains He's set me 

free, 
And He bought my life for service when He gave His life for me. 
So I yield Him His possession and I make this solemn vow, 
"From today Thou are my Master. I will truly serve Thee now." 

— Lorie C. Gooding 
Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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MARRIAGE 

WERTZ - SNYDER 

Sister Rhonda Lee Wertz, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Ivon Wertz of 
McClave, Colorado and Brother James Snyder, of Quinter, 
Kansas, son of Mr. Ralph Snyder, Colorado Springs, Colorado and 
Mrs. Marvin Turley, Scott City, Kansas were united in marriage at 
the Methodist Church at McClave, Colorado, November 25, 1978; 
The ceremony was performed by Pastor Preston Mollis, Scott City, 
Kansas, a friend of the groom's family. 

The present address of the young couple is Quinter, Kansas 
67752. 

NEWS ITEMS 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The McClave, Colorado Congregation enjoyed another revival 
meeting, with Elder Allen Eberly giving us a store of spiritual food, 
encouraging us to a closer walk with our Dear Saviour. While no 
one stepped out for the Lord at this time, the good seed was surely 
sown with power. 

We were made to rejoice in August, when a young sister gave her 
heart to Jesus and was baptized. 

We were happy to have Sister Martha accompany Brother Allen 
and we pray the Lord will bless them richly in their labors for Him. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed Lovefeast services October 
29. Visiting ministers throughout the day were: Paul Myers, Frank 
Shaffer, Laverne Keeney and Jack Snyder. 

In the evening approximately one hundred thirty surrounded the 
tables with Elder James Kegerreis officiating. 

The Lord willing, we are planning to have a two week revival 
meeting March 18 to April 1 with Bro. Fred Pifer, Dallas Center, 
Iowa as our evangelist. We invite all who can to come and enjoy 
these meetings with us. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MARCH 

March 4 — Israel Cut Off, Assyria to Fall A Remnant. Isaiah 

10:1-34. 
March 11 — The Stem, Branch and Root. Isaiah 11:1-18. 
March 18 — Salvation; The Day of the Lord. Isaiah 12:1-16; 13:1-18. 
March 25 — Babylon. Isaiah 13:19-22; 14:1-23. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MARCH, 1979 
CREATION AND CROWNS 



Memory Verse: Eph. 2:10 
For we are his workmanship, 
created in Christ Jesus unto 
good works, which God hath 
before ordained that we should 
walk in them. 

Thur. 1— Eph. 2:1-22 

Fri. 2— Eph. 3:1-21 

Sat. 3— Eph. 4:1-32 



Memory Verse: Eph. 4:24 
And that ye put on the new man, 
which after God is created In 
righteousness and true holiness. 

Sun. 4— Col. 1:1-29 

Mon. 5— Col. 3:1-25 

Tues. 6—1 Tim. 4:1-16 

Wed. 7—1 Pet. 4:1-19 

Thur. 8—2 Pet. 3:1-18 

Fri. 9— Rev. 3:1-24 

Sat. 10— Rev. 4:1-11 



Memory Verse: Col. 1:16 
For by him were all things 
created, that are in heaven, and 
that are in earth, visible and in- 
visible, whether they be thrones, 
or dominions, or principalities, 
or powers: all things were 
created by him, and for him: 

Sun. 11— Rev. 10:1-11 

Mon. 12— Ex. 25:1-22 

Tues. 13— Ex. 25:23-40 

Wed. 14— Ex. 29:1-25 

Thur. 15— Ex. 29:26-46 

Fri. 16— Ex. 30:1-21 

Sat. 17— Ex. 37:1-29 



Memory Verse: Job 31:35 & 36 
Oh that one would hear me! 
behold, my desire is, that the 
Almighty would answer me, and 
that mine adversary had written 
a book. Surely I would take it 
upon my shoulder, and bind it 
as a crown to me. 

Sun. 18— Ex. 39:1-21 

Mon. 19— Ex. 39:22-43 

Tues. 20— Lev. 8:1-21 

Wed. 21— Lev. 8:22-36 

Thur. 22—2 Sam. 1:1-27 

Fri. 23—2 Kings 11:1-21 

Sat. 24— Est. 1:1-22 



Memory Verse: Psa. 8:5 
For thou hast made him a little 
lower than the angels, and hast 
crowned him with glory and 
honour. 

Sun. 25— Est. 2:1-23 

Mon. 26— Est. 6:1-14 

Tues. 27— Est. 8:1-17 

Wed- 28— Job 19:1-29 

Thur. 29— Job 31:1-20 

Fri. 30— Job 31:21-40 

Sat. 31— Psa. 8:1-9 



Memory Verse: 1 Pet. 4:19 
Wherefore let them that suffer 
according to the will of God 
commit the keeping of theirsouls 
to him in well doing, as unto a 
faithful Creator. 

Rev. 4:11 
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to 
receive glory and honour and 
power: for thou hast created all 
things, and for thy pleasure they 
are and were created. 



r 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N, Sta/e Rte. 48 

Covington, ^ii 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVII 



MARCH 1, 1979 



NO. 5 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be nnore sanctified, nnore righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

I KNOW SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOU 

Wouldn't this old world be better 

If the folks we meet would say, 
"I know something good about you!" 

And then treat us just that way? 

Wouldn't it be fine and dandy 
If each handclasp warm and true 

Carried with it this assurance?— 
"t know something good about you!" 

Wouldn't life be lots more happy 

If the good that's in us all 
Were the only thing about us 

That folks bothered to recall? 

Wouldn't life be lots more happy 
If we praised the good we see?— 

For there's such a lot of goodness 
In the worst of you and me. 

Wouldn't it be nice to practice 
That fine way of thinking, too?— 

You know something good about me 
I know something good about you! 

~ Author unknown 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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FAITH AND THE BIBLE MONITOR 

It is easy to associate faith with the history of the Bible Monitor. 
It required much faith for its founders to launch it upon the sea of 
publication. Many religious journals have been started but only a 
few have survived. Despite knowing this, the Brethren who were 
behind it exercised faith and brought forth this journal. Her con- 
tinued survival^ although not without trouble or opposition, has 
shown a continual faith exercised by those associated with her 
publication. 

Faith's association with the Bible Monitor is not merely a 
historical fact but an everyday occurrence. Faith has a part in the 
production of each issue. This is not merely a trust in the printer 
and the Post Office to produce and deliver each issue, but a faith 
that God will continue to inspire the writing of articles and poems 
and other contributions to the Bible Monitor's content. It is a faith 
needed nearly every issue. So often when it is time to begin putting 
together an issue, the material needed is not on hand. But faith is 
rewarded as articles arrive one by one until enough are available to 
make up an issue. Each issue of the Bible Monitor is a memorial to 
faith. Faith has a great part in every facet of her production and 
delivery. This faith is exercised not only by those who are actively 
engaged in her production but by many others who provide the 
finances and the material that is necessary. 

Faith is a necessary ingredient for those who write articles. They 
know there will be no monetary reward and perhaps little thanks 
received for the effort made. Unlike most religious journals now 
being published, the Bible Monitor does not pay for articles but 

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must depend upon the faithful endeavors of her readers. This 
leaves her columns open to all who wish to write upon suitable 
subjects in a Christian manner. Her pages are not filled with glib 
words written by professional wordsmiths. The readers, whether 
officials or not, have an equal opportunity to contribute to her 
pages. This is an expression of faith that the readers of the Bible 
Monitor are Bible students, thus they are able to write articles 
beneficial to one another. 

Faith is a necessary part in the financial end of the Monitor's 
existence. It is rewarding to see the new and renewed sub- 
scriptions come in. These represent the faith and faithfulness of 
the readers, who have shown continual faith in the production and 
arrival of the Bible Monitor twice a month. It also demonstrates 
their faithfulness in renewing their subscriptions and giving 
needed support to the Monitor. This faith is further expressed in 
the donations given by individuals and congregations. These 
donations make up the difference between the subscriptions, 
which are kept low to encourage all to subscribe, and the total cost 
of the Bible Monitor's publication. This is the kind of faith which 
goes beyond mere words and hopes. 

Faith is not only a part of the Bible Monitor's history but a large 
part of her present. When faith is in evidence the work prospers 
even when it would seem that failure were the only thing that could 
come forth. The Bible Monitor has weathered many storms but she 
is still in existence because of the demonstration of faith by all 
connected with her. 

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of 
things not seen." Heb. 11:1. While our earthly eyes can see only 
physical barriers and our minds can only hope for solutions, the 
eye of faith sees these same things in a different light. The im- 
possible becomes as solid a reality as any other substance or as 
trust-worthy as well-established evidence in court. When men 
begin to rely too heavily upon their own understanding and edu- 
cation they lose this eye of faith. 

This faith is in operation in the publication of the Bible Monitor, 
for it gives each one an opportunity to prove God's faithfulness. 
Whether through donations, articles, prayers or any other way, 
each one can fulfill the faith of the others. Contributors and 
subscribers fulfill the faith of those who tend the Bible Monitor's 
finances. Writers fulfill the faith of those who tend to the pro- 
duction of each issue. Each one who helps in the publication 
fulfills the faith of the readers and subscribers. Each one has a 
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CULTS 

The twentieth century has brought us closer to Christ's return. It 
has focused on human experience rather than a Christian one. It 
has brought to the front a virulent cultic and occultic revival that is 
sweeping the world. Bible prophecy is ignored and present 
experience is considered the main source of truth. Neoorthodoxy, 
with its dependence on present revelation, has given strength to 
the charismatic movement, with its emphasis on speaking in 
tongues and divine healing, and more recently to the growing 
interest in the occult and cults of different kinds. Historically, as 
well as logically, belief in the Bible has been inseparable from faith 
in Jesus Christ, His person and His work. Disbelief of the inspired 
Word of God has also brought about questioning the validity of 
Christ. 

Today, cults are spreading with phenomenal speed and millions 
of people are being led astray by them. The danger is that too 
many in our Church, as well as in other Bible-believing Churches, 
unacquainted with and uninterested in the history and actual 
teachings of these groups, are lulled into a state of indifference 
toward them. Worse yet, some now believe that these false 
religions are a true way to God, even though they lead to eternal 
death. For this reason, I feel led by the Holy Spirit to relate to you 
information about the various groups (Cults) that might confront 
you and give you information that will help you refute their false 
teachings when you are challenged to do so. 

Cultists can surprise the Christian by their apparent mastery of 
your own textbook, the Bible, and can confuse you with their glib 
quotations, which are usually used out of context. 

A cult might be defined as a group of people polarized around 
someone or someone's interpretation of the Bible, when the in- 
terpretation of the Bible is characterized by major deviations from 
orthodox Christianity. 

Remember, the growth of cults is a true sign of the end of the 
age, when deceivers "shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and 
being deceived." ''Ever learning, and never able to come to the 
knowledge of the truth." 

Let's begin our study by considering the JEHOVAH'S 
WITNESSES. Who hasn't been approached by one of their 
"missionaries?" They were started by Charles Russell. He was 
elected as their pastor in 1876. Russell totally rejected many of the 
cardinal doctrines of Christianity, for example, the Trinity, the 
deity of Christ, Christ's physical resurrection and return, and the 
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brainchild. They distribute about eighteen million copies each 
month in seventy-eight languages. Their Awake magazine has a 
circulation of over fourteen million. Jehovah's Witnesses' member- 
ship exceeds two million. They own, among other things, whole 
blocks of valuable property in downtown Brooklyn, a large printing 
plant, and a missionary training school — Gilead — located in 
South Lansing, New York, 

Russell's career was highly colored with moral and legal 
scandal. He was divorced because of his involvement with another 
woman. J. F. Rutherford, known as the "Judge," was Russell's 
lawyer. He took over the movement in 1916. Frederick W. Franz 
pilots it today. In writings used by the church, their religious 
opponents are called "enemies of God," clergymen are described 
as "dumb dogs." In 1927, "Creation" by the Judge was published. It 
stated that "the second presence of Christ dates from about 1874. 
Because it was the Lord's due time to restore these truths, He used 
Charles T. Russell to write and publish books known as Studies in 
the Scriptures, by which the great fundamental truths of the divine 
plan are clarified." They teach that the 2,520 year reign of the 
Gentiles, ended in 1914. They reject the doctrineof the Trinity as a 
"false doctrine promulgated by Satan." For them, our Lord was the 
archangel Michael prior to His arrival on earth, and while He was 
on earth He was only a perfect man, who merited immortality by 
obedience to Jehovah's commands. 

They claim Christ returned in 1914 and 1918, that the "Bible Hell 
is the tomb," that "The doctrine of a burning hell where the wicked 
are tortured eternally after death cannot be true, mainly for four 
reasons: Because it is wholly unscriptural, because it is unreason- 
able, because it is contrary to God's love, and because it is 
repugnant to justice." They say the "ultimate end of Satan is 
complete annihilation." Finally, they conclude that "we see that the 
claim of religionists, that man has an immortal soul, and therefore 
differs from the beast, is not Scriptural" plus, "the undefeatable 
purpose of Jehovah God to establish a righteous kingdom in these 
last days was fulfilled A.D. 1914." So, the end product of this cult is 
the denial of our Lord's deity, resurrection, and return. They 
dishonor Him, regarding His very reason for dying for all men to 
purchase for us a home in Heaven. 

The following scriptures can be quoted to defend your faith and 
defy their false teachings: The Trinity: Genesis 1:26, 11:7, 18:2-3; 
Matthew 28:19; John 14:16. The Deity of Christ: John 1:1, 5:18, 
8:59, 10:28; Philippians 2:8-11; Hebrews 1:1-4. The Atonement: 
John 1:29; Revelation 13:8; Hebrews 9:22; I Peter 2:24; Colossians 
1:20. The Return of Christ: Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7; I 



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Thessalonians 4:16-17. The Resurrection of Christ: John 20:27-28; 
Luke 24:39-44; Mark 16:14; I Corinthians 15:15. Human Govern- 
ment: Romans 13:1-7. The Existence of Hell and Punishment: 
Matthew 5:22, 8:11; II Peter 2:17; Jude 13. Satan, the Devil: 
Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10. The Existence of the Soul: 
Genesis 1:26, 5:1; Acts 7:59; II Corinthians 4:12. The Kingdom of 
Heaven: Luke 17:20-26; Revelation 22:1-5, 14. 

Don't be bluffed into silence with the Jehovah's Witnesses' 
arrogant pretension of competent scholarship. Use your sword, 
the Word of God. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



HIDDEN SIN 

Another year has slipped by and soon we will be starting Revival 
meetings throughout the Brotherhood. It has been a deep concern 
of mine, and I'm sure of many others, how can they sit under the 
sound of the Gospel night after night, time after time, and yet so 
few are willing to yield their hearts to the Lord. I know we are living 
in the time of rebellion and gross sin on every hand, also Satan is 
offering so much to the young that is alluring to their eyes. But is 
this the only reason why we do not see victories won for the Lord? ! 
believe there is even a greater reason why the Power of God 
cannot work in the Churches today. Perhaps we who are 
Christians should begin to examine our lives. Could it be we are 
hindering the Power of God to save? 

Let's go back to the Word of God and see what happened when 
just one man covered sin in his life. A man of Israel, Achan, had 
stolen a garment, silver and gold, part of the spoil of Jericho. 
Joshua had consecrated the gold and silver to the Lord. Because 
of one man's disobedience the whole army of Israel was defeated 
at Ai. Wouldn't it be a tragedy if you or I should have hidden sins in 
our lives, or unconfessed sins, or some past sin, that we look back 
to as a sweet morsel, that might hinder the power of God to save? 
Think of it! 

Revival is for the Church member not the sinner. It we will go to 
the Lord and confess ALL sin, we can have a revival. As a result, 
souls will be saved through the power of God. God's power is as 
great today as it ever was. It is my prayer that every one of us may 
go to our secret closet and confess to the Lord and get right with 
God and man. Maybe the Lord will reveal to you some restitutions 
that need to be made. Do it! Your peace of heart and mind will be 
great. 

Lamentations 3:40, "Let us search and try our ways, and turn 
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What if I should be the cause, 

Of a soul to be lost in sin, 
Could I expect my Lord to give to me, 

A home In Heaven with Him? 

If I have said, I love the Lord, 
And treated my brother with hate, 

Could this turn away the sinner, 
And cause him this awful fate? 

Perhaps I've seen a soul in need, 
Of food or comfort in some form, 

And I closed my bowels of mercies, 
And said "Friend be thou warmed." 

Then there is the soul in deep, dark sin, 
For the Word he is longing to hear. 

And we turn our ear away from him, 
It is our reputation that we fear. 

No let's guard our lives with dignity, 

An example of Christ let's be, 
And that poor lost sinner will find his way. 

When he can see Christ, in me. 

In Christian love 
Sister Lucille Throne 
Alvordton, Ohio 

SEPARATION 

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive 
you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and 
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." II Cor. 6:17-18. 

The Lord calls us to a life of separation when we become His 
children. Immediately we feel a separation from unbelievers; this is 
His plan for us. "... For what fellowship hath righteousness with 
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light from 
darkness?" II Cor. 6:14. Not only are we to have no fellowship with 
the unfruitful works of darkness, but we are to reprove them. This 
is very plain. The reason for God dealing thus with us is that He is a 
jealous God and He wants first place in our lives. 

When God called His servants He separated them — sometimes 
from relatives and loved ones — so He could get all of their 
attention. When the Lord called Paul to reveal His Son in him, he 
said, "... Immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither 
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I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after 
three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with 
him fifteen days." Gal. 1:16-18. While separated from men, Paul 
learned of God and His will. He did not confer with flesh and blood, 
but listened to the Lord. No wonder he had such a ministry. God 
revealed so many things to him. Jesus said, "Learn of me." But how 
often we know so little about Him and too much about people and 
things. We only learn of Him as we spend time with Him. 

When Moses attempted to deliver God's people, he was forced to 
flee into the desert. He was there for forty years tending sheep. All 
this time he was learning the Lord. Then God gave him the call that 
sent him forth as a deliverer of the people. 

Elijah was alone with God by the brook Cherith, fed by ravens, 
while quietly waiting on God; he was sent forth with a miraculous 
ministry. 

John the Baptist was hidden away in the desert before he came 
forth to introduce Jesus to the world. Jesus also had a life of 
seclusion from his boyhood, until He came forth to minister. 
Before the years of witness, there were years of separation and 
stillness — alone with God in a secret place. When we hide away 
with the Lord we come forth with a sweetness and peace that 
leaves us blessed and satisfied and willing to say. "Not my will, but 
thine be done." 

It was when God's people began to mix with the people of the 
heathen nations that they got into trouble and lost out with God. It 
was in the desert wilderness that Jesus met and mastered 
temptation. Paul came out of the desert with the greatest message 
that God has ever given to mankind. Moses came out of the desert 
in strength and power to be a leader and deliverer of God's captive 
people. 

Let us not despise the time of separation. God has a purpose in 
what He is doing with us, wherever we may be. "For it is God which 
worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Phil. 
2:13. Have you encountered trouble with people? If so, God may 
be trying to separate you more from people to draw you unto 
Himself. Paul was separated from a brother in the Lord — Demas. 
He said, "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present 
world." II Tim. 4:10a. Paul did not run after him; he let Demas go. 
They were separated. One went on with God and the other went 
the way of the world. There are Christians like that today, who love 
the world and are taken up with it. We want to be as Paul, taken up 
with the work God has called us to do, even though it be a lonely 
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"And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that 
doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last 
time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are 
there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been 
of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went 
out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." 
I John 2:17-19. John describes a separation that happened then 
and it explains why these things happen today. Some folks 
separate from us, because they will not believe even the simple 
promises of God concerning eternal life. They try to add their good 
works and they attempt to establish their own righteousness. The 
world likes mixers, but God has always demanded that we be a 
separated people. 

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning 
them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which 
have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, 
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are 
alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent 
them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from 
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the 
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which 
are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the 
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the 
Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." I Thess. 
4:13-18. 

Brother C. L. Frost 
Kansas City, Missouri 

THE DEVIL'S MEWSPAPER 

God gave us His Word, which we call the Bible. He used various 
men to write His Word down, eventually seeing to it that all their 
writings were collected into one book. It is God's way of getting 
His Word to us. The Devil has a way of getting his word around, 
too. If you don't believe that, ask some school students about the 
drug business. They will tell you that they know where to get 
anything they want. The pushers don't need to advertise — the 
word gets around — by way of the "Devil's Newspaper." 

Just what is the Devil's Newspaper? It's alot like any other 
newspaper, except it's mostly a "word of mouth" edition, with 
Satan as the managing editor. He has a host of assistants — 
reporters to gather the news, copy editors to check over and 
criticize what all the others do, layout editors who try to Include 



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every bit of news especially the bad news, and so on. Who is it that 
does all this? The Bible tells us about many of his staff members, 
so let's look there for the answer. 

If you gossip, you're on the Devil's newspaper. Your official 
position is a roving reporter. Your "column" will be read by all who 
hear what you say. You may be giving your "readers" nothing but 
garbage, but the Devil doesn't care. The more bad talk you spread 
about someone, the better he likes it. You say you don't gossip? 
You just present the facts? Many times that, too, only serves the 
Devil's purpose. You can be sure that the word will always get 
around, whether it's fact or fiction. By the things you say or imply, 
you can destroy another person, for "the words of a talebearer are 
as wounds." Prov. 18:8a. If you wound someone, even with the 
facts, you are complying with the Devil's wishes and he'll make 
every effort to keep you on his "newspaper staff." 

A copy editor checks the news items, criticizes and corrects 
where he sees it's necessary. The Devil's "copy editors" are what 
God calls "busybodies." Just what is a busybody? The dictionary 
says it's "a meddling person; one who officiously concerns himself 
with the affairs of others." In common English, this simply means 
sticking your nose into other people's private business as if it were 
your own. The Devil does not hire his copy editors; they are merely 
self-appointed critics who tend more to the affairs of others than to 
their own. We need to be concerned for the welfare of others, but 
that is not the same as concerning ourselves with their personal 
affairs. 

"But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an 
evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." I Pet. 4:15. 
Being a busybody involves asking questions you ought not, 
checking up on another's activities, criticizing whatever doesn't 
look right to you, telling others what to do and how and when to do 
it. You have no more right to be a busybody than you do to be a 
murderer or a thief. People do not need you to meddle in their 
personal affairs, but they do need you to be concerned about their 
soul's need. If you concern yourself with the proper matters, you 
won't have time to be a busybody, a shame to the Lord's name. 

Layout editors decide which news items go where. They try to 
give the best stories "front page coverage." They lay out the news- 
paper to get our attention and the Devil uses this same method to 
get our attention on someone's mistakes or faults. His "layout 
editors" take the most attention-getting gossip they can find and 
give it "front page coverage," spreading it far and wide. The 
Golden Rule says "And as ye would that men should do to you, do 
ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31. You wouldn't like stories 
spread about you, so why do you do it to others? Jesus said, 



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"Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" Matt. 9:4. If we let Him 
have control of our minds, we won't be thinking evil, because He 
will show us the good in people rather than concentrating on their 
flaws. 

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, 
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only 
evil continually." Gen. 6:5. You may not be wicked and your 
thoughts may not be evil all the time, but you will not be excused 
just because you think only a little bit of evil just a little bit of the 
time. "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, 
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." 
Psa. 19:14. You are responsible to God for your speech and your 
thoughts; if they are evil, they are not acceptable to God. Every- 
thing you say and all that you think about ought to please God, so 
pray as David did that all will be acceptable in the Lord's sight. 

Our thoughts about others, and the things we say about them, 
are motivated by one of two things — love or selfishness (self- 
love). Love gives and lifts others up; self-love takes and puts others 
down. Love has compassion; self-love is glad for calamities, 
secretly if not openly. Love speaks with kindness; self-love speaks 
critically and with sharpness. What motivates your thoughts and 
speech? Is it love, or are your motives evil and selfish? "Whether 
therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of 
God." I Cor. 10:31. God limits the things we do, to that which 
glorifies Him. Being on the Devil's Newspaper does not glorify 
God, so be careful what you say and what you think. Gossip and 
such-like only cause heartache, so be a bearer of good news — the 
message of Christ. That will glorify God. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

NON-RESISTANCE 

As we consider this subject in the light of the Holy Bible, your 
conclusions are not what your church teaches or what your 
minister says, but what you personally believe. You have gathered 
your conclusions from the Bible, your Church or your Sunday- 
school, but what you believe and why, will establish your status in 
the understanding of the authorities. 

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse 
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which 
despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the 
children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to 
rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and 
on the unjust." Matt. 5:44-45. These are Christ's words and should 



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be a very important guide throughout our entire life. If your words, 
deeds and daily life have been guided by these teachings, it will not 
be difficult to prove that you believe these instructions now. If you 
have been a vulgar, quarrelsome, gossiping individual in the past, 
it may be difficult to prove that you believe differently now. 

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through 
God to the pulling down of strong holds;) I! Cor. 10:3-4. Christ is 
our best example of one who was holy and not carnal. In every way 
the nearer our life follows Christ's life, the easier it will be to live 
according to the New Testament. Just as Christ had some trials 
and problems, we can also expect them but in the end we will be 
victorious, if we have patterned our words and deeds after our Lord 
and Saviour. 

"But I say unto you which hear. Love your enemies, do good to 
them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them 
which despttefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the 
one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke 
forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of 
thee: and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them 
likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? 
for sinners also love those that love them." Luke 6:27-32. War and 
the training for it are just the opposite of these instructions. We 
need not study long in history to learn that the training for war has 
always been along the theme of greed, brutality, destruction and 
pursuing one's own purpose, regardless of the needs and feelings 
of others. 

"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we 
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no 
murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." I John 3:14-15. Who is 
our brother? Whom ever we have the opportunity to help, show 
good-will and improvement, in the light of Christ's teachings, is 
our brother. We dare not allow one iota of our influence fall on the 
side of a murderer. 

"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in 
much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in 
stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in 
fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by 
kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of 
truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the 
right hand and on the left." II Cor. 6:4-7. Do you realize the vast 
field of opportunity we have to witness for Christ? The Christ life is 



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definitely a busy life, a controlled life, a life of service to others. 
Statements that we all must face then are: "If all the world were 
according to these teachings, what would the world be like?" "The 
forces of sin and evil would over-run everything." "For they that are 
after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after 
the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is 
death: but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the 
carnal mind is enmity against God: for It is not subject to the law of 
God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh 
cannot please God." Rom. 8:5-8. True the powers that be have a 
work to do and may be brutal sometimes but the Christian has a 
different word to do. According to Christ's teachings, we are to 
support these powers, as long as we do not need to do anything 
directly opposite to the New Testament. Yes, even to pray for their 
welfare but yet not to follow any of the things of the flesh. "If we 
suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will 
deny us." II Tim. 2:12. 

Brother Howard J. Surbey 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 

FINISH THY WORK 

"Finish thy work, the time is short; 

The sun is in the west, 
The night is coming down; till then 

Think not of rest. 

"Rest? Finish thy work, then rest; 

Till then, rest never. 
The rest prepared for thee by God 

Is rest forever. 

"Finish thy work, then sit thee down 

On some celestial hill, 
And of heaven's everlasting bliss 

Take thou thy fill. 

"Finish thy work, then go in peace, 

Life's battle fought and won; 
Hear from the throne the Master's voice, 

'Well done! Well done!' 

"Finish thy work, then take the harp, 

Give praise to God above; 
Sing a new song of mighty joy 

And endless love!" 

Selected by Brother Lester M. Flora 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

TOO MANY FISH! 

LUKE 5:1-11 

Fishing can be very exciting. I can remember when I was a boy 
and my father would take me fishing. Sometimes we caught a lot of 
fish and other times we caught nothing. It wasn't exciting to catch 
no fish. The only bites we would get then would be mosquito bites. 

Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee and many people 
were with Him. There were so many people that they pushed and 
pressed each other trying to get close to Jesus. As Jesus stood by 
the water He saw two boats by the shore. One of them belonged to 
Simon who was also called Peter. Jesus got into Simon's boat and 
asked him to push the boat out from the land. Then Jesus sat in the 
boat and taught the people. 

When Jesus was through speaking he said to Simon, "Launch 
out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught of fish." 
Simon was surprised at this because they only fished at night. 
They just didn't catch fish in the day time. Simon said, "Master, we 
have worked all night and caught nothing but never the less, if you 
say so, I will let down the net." 

So they let down the net and what do you think happened? 
Immediately their net was filled with so many fish that it began to 
tear. Fish were everywhere. Peter signaled to his partners to bring 
the other boat and help. Soon both boats were filled — heaping 
with fish. Jesus, Peter, James and John were in the boats with all 
those squirming fish flopping around them. Then the boats began 
to sink. Peter fell down at Jesus knees with all those fish around 
and said, "Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord." He was 
astonished at all those fish and so were his partners. 

When they brought the boats to shore, they just left them there 
and followed Jesus. I don't know what happened to the fish but 
maybe the people who were there got them. 

It would have been something to have been with Jesus and to 
have seen all those fish. I believe those fishermen thought if Jesus 
could cause all those fish to be caught in the daytime. He could do 
anything. He must be the Son of God! How right they were. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

••••••• 

Gossip is like soft soap — mostly lye. 



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NEWS ITEMS 



GENERAL CONFERENCE 1979 
June 2 - 6 

The Lord willing, the 1979 General Conference will be held at 
Mission Springs Conference Grounds near Santa Cruz, California. 

Please send your reservations, as soon as possible, to: 

Bro. Rudy Cover 
2034 Roble Ave. 
Modesto, California 95351 

or 
Bro. Henry Walker 
12413 Delaware Road 
Hickman, California 95323 



PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation will hold their 
Revival Services March 18 through April 1. Bro. Joseph Flora from 
Dallas Center, Iowa will be our evangelist. 

Come enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

This past year we enjoyed another revival meeting with Bro. 
Allen Eberly as our evangelist. He gave us many inspiring and 
heart-searching messages. We were happy he could be with us for 
two weeks. May the Lord bless Bro. and Sis. Eberly as they go forth 
in the Lord's work. During the meetings, there was one who gave 
his heart to the Lord and was baptized. 

At our Lovefeast in November we were blessed in worship with 
good attendance and ten visiting ministers who brought forth the 
Word of God. Wjg thank all those who came and helped make it an 
Inspiring day. Visiting ministers were; Brethren Ray Shank, David 
Ebiing, Paul Myers, Frank Shaffer, Virgil Leatherman, Laverne 
Keeney, Emmert Shelly, Allen Eberly, James Kegerreis, and 
Howard Surbey, who officiated in the evening. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 242 

Morenci, Mich. 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St, 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5~1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
R. 1, Box 242 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Jack Snyder 

R. 1 

Stevens, Pa. 17578 

215-267-3174 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 

317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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VOL. LVII 



MARCH 15, 1979 



NO. 6 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MORMING DEVOTION 



To rise early in the morning, 

While all is quiet and still, 

Gives me time to meditate; 

Time to seek His will, 

Time to read the Bible, 

Time to plan my day, 

Time to let God cleanse my heart. 

And throw the trash away; 

Time for making blessings. 

Time to offer praise. 

Time to ask forgiveness 

For other wasted days. 

The yoke is then much lighter; 

I'm more refreshed and strong, 

Ready to do the task at hand - 

Knowing I'm not alone. 

— Jeanne Duren 
Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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THE SUPERIORITY OF CHRIST 

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him (Jesus), and given 
him a name which is above every name." Phil. 2:9. 

To have a name superior to all others demands a performance 
that is extraordinary. An exalted, glorified name is given only to the 
best. Jesus qualified for His superior name through His humili- 
ation and death that purchased man's salvation. No greater thing 
could ever have been accomplished. He certainly deserves that 
name that excells all others. 

The Book of Hebrews shows Christ's superiority. Jesus is shown 
to be superior to the angels, to man, to Moses, to the Levitical 
priesthood and to the Law's sacrifices. One who is greater than 
these, truly is worthy of the exalted name given Him by the Father. 

The angels are faithful, ever-present servants or messengers of 
God, who are superior to man. Although they are worthy of honor, 
they are not above Christ or God. Although these messengers are 
faithful, they still are not the Son. Heb. 1:4, "Being made so much 
better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more 
excellent name than they." The Son, as the heir, is better than the 
most faithful of servants. The angels were created to be 
ministering spirits. Jesus is promised a throne and all the glory that 
accompanies that Heavenly Kingship. 

As the Son, He had a part with the Father in the creation of the 
world. As Creator, He is superior to the world which He has 
created. When this world perishes along with all of its works, He 
will continue the same. Heb. 1:10-12. His Creatorship places Him 
above the world. 

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Jesus is superior to man, although He put on the form of man. 
Man was under death's condemnation without hope of recovery by 
himself. Jesus displayed His superiority through humility and 
suffering, whereby He was able to overcome the condemnation 
that was upon all men. He was able to provide the way of reconcili- 
ation with God for man. By His example and provision, man is 
encouraged to overcome temptation and death. Heb. 2:17-18. 

Moses was one of the greatest men who ever served God. 
Because of his faithfulness and steady service, he was used by 
God not only to lead the people from Goshen to the River Jordan 
but also to give them the Law. Moses was very highly exalted by 
the Jews for giving the Law. Certainly the man intrusted with such 
a responsibility is worthy of honor, but Jesus is greater. Heb. 3:3-4. 
Moses was faithful in his house, but Jesus as a builder of all things, 
including the Law, was superior to the one who received the Law. 
The builder is greater than the building because he planned and 
assembled that building. Moses' lack of perfection places him 
below the perfect Jesus. 

Besides being greater than Moses, the receiver of the Law, He 
also is greater than that Law. The Law was given that Israel might 
realize their sins and their inability to deliver themselves. The Law 
demanded many sacrifices as reminders and acts of obedience to 
God. The Law, itself, could not save anyone, only the Grace of God 
could provide that deliverance through the observance of the Law. 
Jesus has the power to save and deliver souls. 

Since Jesus is superior to the entire Law, it is obvious that He is 
superior to the parts of that Law. The Law was administered by the 
priests. Although the priest offered the sacrifices demanded by the 
Law for the people, he also had to offer the same sacrifices for 
himself because he was imperfect. Jesus was the Perfect Priest, 
who could offer the proper sacrifice for the people but did not need 
to offer sacrifices for Himself, since He was perfect. He could be 
compassionate because He had assumed the fashion of man. 

The priest, who sacrificed the sin offering, could offer only the 
blood of bulls, goats, sheep or doves. These were but animal 
sacrifices. The sacrifice of Jesus was superior for it was God's 
sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God. The sacrifices of the Law 
were repeated over and over as needed, but the sacrifice of Jesus 
was made once for all. The blood of God, though in human flesh, 
was superior to the blood of dumb animals. Heb. 9:12. 

Read the Book of Hebrews and see the superiority of Jesus. 
Choose between Him and these lesser things. If you put your trust 
in anything less, you will have failed in this life. Jesus is superior; 
come to Him today. Do not accept second best. 



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WHEN GOD SAYS WAIT, THEN WHAT? 

There are times when we seek the Lord's will in a matter, and He 
says, "Yes, — but wait." It certainly is thrilling to know He said, 
"yes," to know that we have His approval. We are so thrilled that at 
first we are not aware of what God really said. Finally, the words 
"but wait" come forcibly to our minds. Now what does He mean by 
that? What are we to do? Try to help things along, since we know 
it's God's will? Or should we sit idly by and see what happens? 

What does it mean to wait? Some people's idea of waiting is to sit 
with their hands folded, aimlessly letting the hours slip by. After alt, 
God said He'd take care of everything, didn't He? Others fuss and 
fret while they wait; they push and shove, trying to hurry things 
along. They are like a bunch of cattle pressing against a gate. Until 
it opens, their efforts only bring exhaustion and nothing is ac- 
complished. Surely there is more to waiting before God than either 
of these two extremes — doing absolutely nothing and complete 
turmoil. 

What does God expect when He says to wait? The word "wait" 
means "to stay or rest in expectation or patience; to remain in a 
state of inaction until the proper moment for action or till freedom 
for action has been given." It also means "to be ready to serve." 
Simply speaking, when we wait we have a purpose; it is not aim- 
less, idle waiting. It means we are expecting something, and even 
though we have God's approval, we don't move ahead until He 
gives the signal. God knows the best time as well as the best way, 
and He does expect us to wait on Him for both. 

One purpose in waiting is for renewal of our strength. "But they 
that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount 
up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they 
shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31. By waiting on the Lord, our 
vigor is renewed, often physically as well as spiritually. He gives us 
the strength to rise above our circumstances, so we are not over- 
whelmed by them. We are given greater endurance so we can 
move at top speed without weariness, or we can move slowly and 
not be overcome by the ordinary stresses of life. 

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen 
thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psa. 27:14. We can wait on a 
bus or train and end up with nothing but frustration and messed- 
up plans. But when we wait on the Lord, He strengthens us and 
takes away the frustration. God can give us peace in waiting; He 
can give us peace when everything is moving along smoothly — in 
the wrong direction! Waiting is not easy; to stay in good spirits 
while we wait is even harder, but with God's help, we can do it. 



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When God says wait, He doesn't put a time limit on it. This 
becomes a test of our faith at that point. Do we trust Him enough to 
wait as long as He asks us to? Will we go to Him and accept the 
strength He can give us so we can go on? "I can't bear to wait" 
needs to become "not my will but thine be done, even if it means I 
must wait." Sometimes we are so impatient and we think only 
about now, but in light of eternity, what does it matter if we must 
wait awhile for something here? If our eyes are on eternity, our 
present frustrations won't seem so tragic. 

We wait on the Lord for mercy (see Psa. 123:2), we wait for His 
care on other matters. But what happens if we refuse to wait? 
Sometimes God puts up a barrier that we can't get past and we 
must wait, but at other times, He doesn't. That is when others get 
trampled on, while we try to get what we want or do what we want. 
When we wait on the Lord, He will work out every detail so no one 
gets hurt or trampled on. No one gets cheated out of the Lord's 
blessing when we wait on Him and let Him do what's best for every- 
one. 

Love should motivate everything we do, whether we wait or act 
right now. If we love God and really believe that He loves us, we 
will trust Him to do what's best. Certainly God's wisdom far 
exceeds ours; can we not safely trust Him, even when He says 
"Yes, — but wait"? When the time is right. He will work things out 
for us. If we wait faithfully, He will bless us. If we do not rest in His 
care, we only spoil what God wants to give us. 

"But tarry ye..., until ye be endued with power from on high." 
Luke 24:49b. The disciples had to wait until they received power 
and so do we. They were to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit; 
they were powerless without the Spirit to guide and direct. We are 
just as helpless, until we learn to wait for the Spirit's direction. "I 
waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard 
my cry." Psa. 40:1. Help will be given to us, if we will just wait. 

When God says wait, then what? The best advice is found in 
God's Word: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, 
and he shall direct thy paths." Prov, 3:5-6. You may not under- 
stand what the waiting is all about, but you can be sure of God's 
care while you wait. You can, and should, rest in this promise: 
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that 
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." 
Rom. 8:28. Whenever God asks you to wait, it may look hopeless, 
but you can be sure that He will work out His purpose in your life. 
Trust Him, rest in His care and the Lord will bless you for your faith 
in Him. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

PART 6 

The Fourth Dispensation of the world, known as, the Patriarchal 
Dispensation, or the Dispensation of the Family. The name 
Patriarch is given to the head or prince of a family, chiefly to those 
who lived before Moses. Hence, we might call Noah one of the 
Patriarchs. 

At the beginning of this Dispensation, Abraham was the head. 
He received a call from God. He is called the father of the faithful. 
The Word of God calls him a Patriarch. Heb. 7:4, "Now consider 
how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham 
gave the tenth of the spoils." Cruden tells us that the name 
"Patriarch" comes from the Greek word, "Patriarches," which 
signifies head of a family. The Apostle Peter calls the Psalmist 
David a Patriarch. Acts 2:29, "Men and brethren, let us freely speak 
unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, 
and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." 

We consider there were four specific Patriarchs who lived before 
Moses, namely: Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These four are 
symbols of the four "beasts" of heaven, Rev. 4, and their spirits are 
living spirits in heaven. Ezek. 1; Isa. 6:1-4. However, there were 
other Patriarchs of old. Jacob's twelve sons are called Patriarchs. 
Acts 7:8, "And he gave him the covenant of circumcision (that was 
Abraham): and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the 
eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve 
patriarchs." This fourth Dispensation extended from the call of 
Abraham to the exodus from Egypt, approximately four hundred 
and thirty years. 

It seems that during the third dispensation of human govern- 
ment Noah and his sons had drifted into idolatrous worship 
(became Babylon or confusion). Even Terah, the father of Abram, 
was an idolater. Therefore, if God had any true witnesses on earth, 
after Noah died at the beginning of this Dispensation, before 
Abram we are not told of them. The call of Abram, Gen. 12:1-3, 
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, 
and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that 
I will shew thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will 
bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth 
thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." 

Jesus Christ was of the "seed of Abram, or Abraham," hence in 
these verses we have a revelation of God's blessing of Abraham 
with a promise of Christ. God knew His man Abraham. He knows 



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us. Abraham heard God's call. Heb. 11:8-10, "By faith Abraham, 
when he was called to go out into a place which he should after 
receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing 
whither he went, By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as In 
a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, 
the heirs with him of the same promise; For he looked for a city 
which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Rom. 
4:13, 17, 20-22, "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the 
world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but 
through the righteousness of faith." ..."(As It is written, I have made 
thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even 
God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be 
not as though they were." ..."He staggered not at the promise of 
God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able 
also to perform. And therefore It was imputed to him for righteous- 
ness." 

Genesis 12:3, "... and In thee shall all families of the earth be 
blessed." We have the fore-shadowing of God's third Covenant 
with man. Note: God's covenant with Abraham and to his seed, 
including Christ. This Covenant was made to him, as an individual, 
and was confirmed, or extended, to Isaac, to Jacob (who was later 
named Israel), and their seed, through David and on down through 
Christ, who is the mediator of the new and better Covenant. Paul 
reveals God's Covenant to Abraham in Gal. 3:7-20. However, we 
will leave that account of Abraham's Spiritual Herrltage, through 
his seed and the final account of an earthly heritage, for future 
chapters. 

In this chapter, we wish to show God's promises to him of an 
earthly possession and that it would be everlasting through his 
seed. These will all be pointed out when we come to the Covenants 
of God, Including the New Covenant. The New Covenant Is the 
spiritual covenant of God in Christ Jesus, with His chosen 
followers, His elect, frequently mentioned in the New Testament. 
The Lord spoke to Abram, Gen. 13:16-17, "And I will make thy seed 
as the dust of the earth: so that If a man can number the dust of the 
earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through 
the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it 
unto thee." 

It seems by these words, "arnd In thee shall all families of the 
earth be blessed," that this Covenant extended to all the Gentile 
nations of the world; as well as to God's chosen nation, the coming 
"Israel." However, according to the Apostle Paul, it was without a 
doubt, not understood by the Patriarchs, about their Spiritual 



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inheritance. Nevertheless, God gave to Abraham and to his seed 
the children of Israel, a special, separate Covenant. As we shall 
see, the Covenant of Law was revealed in the next Dispensation, 
which is the Sinaic Covenant. 

God's Covenant to Abraham is stated again in Gen. 17:11, or a 
token of the Covenant, "And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your 
foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and 
you." Also verses 13-14, "He that is born in thy house, and he that 
is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my 
covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the 
uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circum- 
cised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my 
covenant." While this covenant was everlasting, yet we learn that 
God in the New Covenant abolished circumcision. 

Let us note: Gen. 17:1-4, "And when Abram was ninety years old 
and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the 
Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will 
make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee 
exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, 
saying. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt 
be a father of many nations." Gal. 3:29 shows that covenant was 
extended through Christ, "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye 
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." 

God confirmed this Covenant with Abraham the second time by 
His angel. Gen. 22:15-18, "And the angel of the Lord called unto 
Abraham out of heaven the second time, and said, By myself have I 
sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing (he 
had offered up his son Isaac), and hast not withheld thy son, thine 
only son; That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will 
multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which 
is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his 
enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be 
blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." 

It is the purpose of the writer, to show by the Word of God, that 
God promised to Abraham and to his seed through Christ, an 
earthly possession, as well as a Spiritual inheritance. It seems that 
it was God's purpose, at the time, to bring it about through 
Abraham's posterity, the children of his own flesh, the children of 
Israel, Isaac's and Jacob's descendants, by His Law, which is 
called the Old Covenant, or Old Law or the Law of Works, as 
recorded in the Old Testament. Yet we find that, that Covenant was 
faulty and therefore God made the New Covenant with them, 
through the One Seed, which is Christ. This seems to be proved by 
the nature of the two Covenants, also by God's "everlasting 
kingdom," who are now His elect, by the superior and supreme 
sacrifice made by His Son, Jesus Christ. 



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All these subjects, we consider to be combined in "Holy Writ." 
Salvation and entrance into God's everlasting, spiritual kingdom is 
secured only through Christ, the one seed, who is Abraham's seed, 
the "Messiah" of the world, of both Jew and Gentile. We under- 
stand Abraham's blessing and the Covenant of inheritance, both 
fleshly and Spiritual concerning his seed, was given to him 
because of his faith. Heb. 11:19; Rom. 4:13. 

To be continued 
Brother William Root 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"AND JESUS HEALED THEM ALL" 

There were many people who were sick when Jesus was here. 
Some had fevers, some leprosy, some had unclean spirits. They 
had all kinds of diseases. The doctors of that time couldn't begin to 
heal all the people who were sick. 

One day Jesus came to Peter's home. Peter's mother-in-law was 
very sick in bed with a fever. Jesus went to her, just touched her 
hand and the fever left. Immediately she got up and ministered 
unto them. To see a person healed like that must have been 
something! (Mark 1:29-31) 

Another time a leper came to Jesus and kneeled down to Him 
and said, "If you will, you can make me clean." That leper had a lot 
of faith, didn't he? There was no cure for leprosy. Lepers weren't 
allowed to be near other people. If they did happen to see anyone 
they had to call out, "Unclean, unclean." To have leprosy was a 
hard thing to bear. Maybe this leper had heard that Jesus could 
heal diseases. Anyway, he put all his hope and trust in Jesus. Jesus 
said to him, "I will, be thou clean." Right away he was healed and 
was clean again. How wonderful to be able to go home to his 
family and friends. (Luke 5:12-16.) 

One evening as the sun was setting all the people who had any 
disease or sickness were brought to Jesus. Jesus just put His 
hands on them — everyone. There just wasn't any kind of disease 
that Jesus couldn't heal. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have someone near us who could 
heal us anytime we get sick? Jesus is the only one who could do 
that. Jesus did heal many people when He was here but there is 
something more wonderful that Jesus did: He made it possible that 
you can have your sins forgiven. Sin is to the soul like leprosy is to 
the body. Sin will destroy the soul if there is no remedy. Jesus is 
the remedy. He gave His life on the cross at calvary. Now every- 
body can have their sins forgiven if they will only come to Him. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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ALCOHOLISM A DISEASE? 

If alcoholism is a disease: 

It is the only disease that is contracted by an act of will; 

It is the only disease that requires a license to propagate it; 

It is the only disease that is bottled and sold; 

It is the only disease that requires outlest to spread it; 

It is the only disease that produces a revenue for the government; 

It is the only disease that provokes crimes; 

It is the only disease that is habit-forming; 

It is the only disease that is spread by advertising; 

It is the only disease without germ or virus cause, and for which 
there is no human corrective medicine. 

Selected from Civic Forum 

There is an accepted theory sent out across the land by many 
wellmeaning people that alcoholism is a disease. Those who do 
not know the Word of God may be justified in believing this, but 
what about Christian people accepting this belief? The Bible calls 
drunkeness sin, and all who are guilty cannot enter the Kingdom of 
God. I Corinthians 6:10, "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, 
nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God.'* 
The Bible does not indicate anywhere that one with cancer or any 
other disease cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Disease can strike 
anyone, but drinking is an act of the will. If we were to call drunk- 
eness a disease, then we can say that adultery, fornication, 
stealing and all other sins are a disease also. I'm sure no one would 
go that far. The Bible tells us that those who stole shall steal no 
more, likewise all other sins are to be forsaken. 

I believe when a soul yields itself completely, we are delivered 
from all sin. I John 1:17, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the 
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." God can do for us only 
what we allow Him to. God does not deliver us halfway, leaving us 
with a hang-up. God would not be living up to His own Word if 
such were the case. I believe the problem lies with the person. He 
may want salvation, but holds on to one or more sins. This is not 
deliverance. 

There are organizations that can help suppress drinking, but 
cannot cure. We must seek help from the right source, God and 
God only. It is no harder for God to deliver from drinking than from 
any other sin. 

I have heard testomonies of those who have been delivered and 
no longer have the thirst for drink. We cannot look to man, but to 
God who delivers us FROM our sins — not IN them. 



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I believe God's Word is sufficient proof that alcoholism is not a 

disease, but one of the many sins that plague the human race and 

the only answer is to trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to deliver. 

Psalms 37:5, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also In him; 

and he will bring it to pass." 

Sister Lucille Throne 
Alvordton, Ohio 43501 



TIME 

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. 
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15- 
16. 

Herein is a most important admonition for the present hour. 
There is so much to be done, and so short a time, and so few to do 
it. "Redeeming the time" means "buying up the opportunities" 
which are round about us, as though it would cost us something. It 
surely does cost us time, money, and strength to take advantage of 
all the opportunities that we find to do good. Sometimes they find 
us tired, indifferent, or without spiritual energy to enter in and buy 
them up. Some do not even desire thus to serve God and His 
people. Our life-day is short upon the earth. In comparison with 
eternity, it is a little vapor that vanishes away -James 4:14; so brief, 
so delicate, that it can be marred and made fruitless by a little 
carelessness. We may need to pay a price for the redemption of 
our opportunities, but the doing of this will pay us eternal 
dividends. 

We cannot buy valuable things for nothing, for even good dirt 
costs something. Our time is one of the most precious possessions 
that God has entrusted to us. He says we are to redeem or buy up 
the opportunities that are around us during our life-day. That is, we 
will pay a price to carry out God's will for us. The opportunities He 
puts in our way — whether for prayer, study of the Scriptures, 
testimony, preaching, teaching, or whatever else we may find to 
do — we will pay for it In some way and some day. But, Praise the 
Lord! That is the manner of enriching ourselves. Many Christians 
never avail themselves of their privileges in respect of the golden 
opportunities that lie all around them. They waste the time in 
foolishness, busy with their own things instead of the Lord's 
things, and so lose the better part. LET US NOT BE SO FOOLISH. 

Brother C. L. Frost 
Kansas City, Missouri 



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CULTS 

THE MORMONS 

As we consider the major cults, it is important that we learn more 
about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official 
name for Mormonism. This group, with about three and one half 
million members, actively promotes the "revelations" of their 
Prophet Joseph Smith and of Bringham Young. It has tremendous 
wealth, prestige and zeal for missionary programs and is a threat to 
Bible-believing Christians, today. 

From their national headquarters in Salt Lake City, around 
eighteen thousand, six hundred Mormon missionaries travel out 
each year, two by two, to carry on one of the most clever counter- 
feits of the true gospel, that we see today. 

Mormon religion founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., was born in 
Royalton, Vermont on December 23, 1805. He early gained the 
reputation of being the biggest faker of the Smith family, which 
was filled with treasure hunters and workers in the occult. He said 
that he could see people's futures through "peep stones" and was 
convicted in an 1826 trial of being a "glass looker." Smith was said 
to have been the recipient of a vision in which both the Father and 
the Son spoke to him. They were despaired by the failure of 
Christendom to dispense the Gospel. He was anointed the humble 
Joseph, "Prophet of the Restored Christian Religion." He was 
eventually interviewed by an angel, Moroni, who gave him the 
"Golden Plates" which later became, you guessed it... the Book of 
Mormon. This angel also provided Smith with a pair of miraculous 
spectacles, Urim and Thummim respectively, to help him translate 
the Golden Plates. The Book of Mormon is supposed to antedate 
the King James Bible by many centuries. 

After Smith's death, Brigham Young, one of his devoted 
disciples, took up the leadership of the faltering Mormon group 
and led them westward. No longer persecuted by society, one of 
the vaunted "Twelve Apostles" even became Secretary of Agri- 
culture. 

The statement of faith published by the Mormon church reads 
somewhat like that of orthodox theology but it is very clever and 
deceiving. They have the appearance of being Christian when they 
really recognize Joseph Smith as a prophet, whose words are 
binding, thus becoming as important or more important than those 
of Christ. 

Mormons deny the Scriptural doctrine of the Trinity and the 
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Eden with Eve, one of His celestial wives. The result of this 
physical union produced the human race. Smith said himself that 
"the Father has a body of flesh and bones..." Is this supported in 
John 4:24? Mormons seek to reduce God to a carnal being. 

Mormons deny the authority of the Bible, believing the Book of 
Mormon instead of (or in addition to) the Bible. Their theology 
denies the virgin birth of Christ and says He was conceived by 
Adam-God, who descended to earth and generated Jesus in the 
womb of Mary by physical union. I find this a repulsive and vile 
concept to promote, like some sort of mythology. They also deny 
the Biblical doctrine of justification before God on the basis of 
faith. (Read Romans 5:1.) 

The atonement of Christ is not taught by Mormons as it is in the 
Bible. They say that all the atonement purchased for man was a 
"resurrection," an earthly paradise with the prospect of ever- 
lasting fertility and connubial bliss in the tradition of King 
Solomon's harem. 

Mormon males believe they are potentially gods and that their 
destiny is sealed. They traditionally believe that someday they will 
rule a polygamous universe to be presided over by their flesh and 
bone god, innumerable celestial wives, and Prophet Smith. 
Lorenzo Snow, a former Mormon leader said: "As man is, God 
once was — As God is, man may become." 

This information may be startling to many of you, but I feel that 
Bible-believing Christians must take a stand against this cult. 
Again we must quote Matthew 7:15 that tells us to "Beware of false 
prophets, which come to you In sheep's clothing, but inwardly they 
are ravening wolves." 

Today, more than ever, we have to study to know what is "sound 
doctrine." In these closing days of Grace, it Is the responsibility of 
the Christian Church to defend as never before the Gospel of our 
Lord and Saviour. What a challenge we have before us, dear 
friends, that we witness at every opportunity to the TRUE 
teachings of the Word of God. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

• •••••• 

Our need of natural water is great; we need the "living water" 
even more. We must go to the source, Christ, to get the pure, un- 
polluted, living water. Many souls are parched with sin, as Hagar 
was for water God will help us overcome all obstacles which keep 
us from the living water. 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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NEWS ITEMS 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation, the Lord willing, plans for a 
Lovefeast the last weekend of our revival meeting. 

Services will begin Saturday morning March 31, at 11 o'clock 
followed by services in the afternoon at 2 o'clock and the Love- 
feast proper, Saturday evening. Services on Sunday. 

Come enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The District Meeting of the Third District will convene at the 
McClave Dunkard Brethren Church, April 7, 8 and 9, 1979. The 
meeting will start at eleven o'clock Saturday. Our Lovefeast will be 
at 7:30 that evening. There will be all day services on Sunday, with 
the business meeting on Monday. 

We invite all who can to come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

"A good way to appreciate the yearly miracle of Spring is to 
worship the One who made it." 

The Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation plans to have their Spring 
meetings on April 14 and 15. All day meeting both days with 
Lovefeast the evening of the 14th. 

We sincerely invite you to come and worship with us. 

Sister Juanita Reed, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL 

April 1 — Assyria and Moab. Isaiah 14:24-32; (15:1-9) 16:1-9. 
April 8 -— Damascus and Ethiopia. Isaiah 17:1-14; 18:1-7. 
April 15 — THE RESURRECTION. Matt. 28:1-20. 
April 22 — Egypt and Assyria. Isaiah 19:1-25; 20:1-6. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) Why did God bring judgment upon Moab and Assyria? 

(2) Why was desolation predicted against Israel? (Isaiah 17:10) 

(3) Who besides the watch saw the angel of the Lord descend 
and roll away the stone from the door of the sepulchre 
where Jesus was buried? (Matt. 28:1, 5) 

(4) When do you think the Lord will bless Assyria and Egypt 
who were once Israel's greatest enemies? (Isaiah 19:25) 



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OBITUARY 

ROBERT SWIHART 

Bro. Robert W. Swihart was born December 5, 1929, in Oceola, 
Indiana and departed this life January 17, 1979. He was the son of 
Elder Roy J. and Mary (Long) Swihart. December 13, 1952 he was 
united in marriage to Beulah Roesch, who survives, with one son, 
Delbert and two daughters, Caria and Sharon. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 20, 1979, at the 
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, Indiana by Elder H. Edward 
Johnson and Elder William Carpenter. He was a member of the 
Goshen Dunkard Brethren Church. 

They say life is shaped 
by those you are with, 
by friends. 
You become a part of those 
around you, 
and they of you. 
So be it. 

Then you have helped make me 

what I am, 
And I will carry a part of you 
with me for eternity. 
Lord grant that my life be 
an expression of Thanksgiving 
for what you have given me. 
The family wishes to thank everyone for the many prayers in our 
behalf; also for the gifts of love, and cards during Bob's illness the 
past eleven months. May the Lord richly bless you for 
remembering us. 

• • • • • • • 

LOVE 

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer. No 
disease that enough love will not heal. No door that enough love 
will not open. No gulf that enough love will not bridge. No wall that 
enough love will not throw down. No sin that enough love will not 
redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the 
trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how 
great the mistake, a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. 
If only one could love enough you would be the happiest and most 
powerful being in all the world. 

Selected by Sister E. M. Alltus 



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Sun. 


1 - 


' Psa. 


21:1-13 


Mon. 


2 


- Psa. 


65:1-13 


Tues. 


3 


- Psa 


103:1-22 


Wed. 


4 


- Prov 


. 4:1-27 


Thur. 


5 


- Pro\ 


^ 12:1-28 


Fh. 6 


- 


Prov. 


14:1-35 



Sat. 7 - Prov. 16:1-33 



DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR APRIL, 1979 
CROWNS 

Memory Verse: Prov. 16:31 Memory Verse: 

The hoary head is a crown of But we see Jesus, who was made 
glory, if it be found in the way a little lower than the angels for 
of righteousness. the suffering of death, crowned 

with glory and honour; that he 
by the grace of God should taste 
death for every man. 
Sun. 22 - Rev. 2:1-29 
Mon. 23 - Rev. 3:1-22 
Tues. 24 - Rev. 4:1-11 
Wed. 25 - Rev. 6:1-17 
Thur. 26 - Rev. 9:1-21 
Fri. 27 - Rev. 12:1-17 
Sat. 28 - Rev. 13:1-18 



Memory Verse: Isa. 28:5 
In that day shall the Lord of hosts 
be for a crown of glory, and for 
a diadem of beauty, unto the 
residue of his people. 

Sun. 8 - Isa. 28:1-29 

Mon. 9 - Isa. 62:1-12 

Tues. 10 - Lam. 5:1-22 

Wed. 11 - Math. 27:27-56 

Thur. 12 - Mark 15:1-26 

Fri. 13 - John 19:1-22 

Sat. 14 - I Cor. 9:1-27 



Memory Verse: 2 Tim. 4:8 
Henceforth there is laid up for 
me a crown of righteousness, 
which the Lord the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day: 
and not to me only, but unto all 
them also that love his appearing. 

Sun. 15 - Phil. 4:1-23 

Mon. 16-1 Thess. 2:1-20 

Tues. 17 - 2 Tim. 2:1-26 

Wed. 18 - 2 Tim. 4:1-22 

Thur. 19 - Heb. 2:1-18 

Fri. 20 - James 1:1-27 

Sat. 21 - 1 Peter 5:1-14 



Memory Verse: James 1:12 
Blessed is the man that endureth 
temptation: for when he is tried, 
he shall receive the crown of life, 
which the Lord hath promised to 
them that love Him. 

Sun. 29 - Rev. 14:1-20 

Mon. 30 - Rev. 19:1-21 



Memory Verses: Rev. 2:10 
Fear none of those things which 
thou shaft suffer: behold, the 
devil shall cast some of you into 
prison, that ye may be tried; and 
ye shall have tribulation ten days: 
be thou faithful unto death, and 
I will give thee a crown of life. 



Rev. 3:11 
Behold, I come quickly: hold that 
fast which thou hast, that no man 
take thy crown. 



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VOL. LVII 



APRIL 1, 1979 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant ainn to be more sanctified, nnore righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



E-A-S-T-E-R 

Jesus laid His life down for us; We should not forget 
If we do not accept Him, some day we shall regret 
How each letter contained in this word does signify 
The true meaning of Easter, to tell you I will try 
I'll Separate each letter, then spell It o'er again 
And Christ is always hoping He did not die in vain. 

E is for the Early hour when He was crucified 

A is for the Aching in His Heart which did abide 

S is for the Sacrifice He made for you and me 

T is for the Thorns that pierced His brow so cruelly 

E is for the Everlasting Love He does bestow 

R is for Righteous Ruler all folks should learn to know. 

E is for Expression which was sad upon His face 

A is for the Angel who the stone rolled from its place 

S is for the Sepulchre where our dear Saviour lay 

T is for the Tomb from whence He did emerge that day 

E is for Exalted One whom we must never scorn 

R is for Resurrection which came on Easter morn. 

Selected by Sister Ruth N. Snyder 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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WISDOM 

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let 
him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of 
wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, 
glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not 
from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and 
strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom 
that is from above is pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be 
intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and 
without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace 
of them that make peace." James 3:13-18. 

There are two kinds of wisdom. One is earthly, developed and 
promoted by Satan. The other is given by God for the good of ail 
who will profit thereby. There are many points of difference 
between these two kinds of wisdom, although they share the same 
name. 

The wisdom of God is superior to what man may know or reason 
out. The Creator must be wiser than His creation. Paul tells us that 
God's foolishness is wiser than the world's wisdom. The source 
and content of the world's wisdom is contrary to God's wisdom. 
Men have the choice of the perverted wisdom of the world or the 
superior wisdom of God. 

Earthly wisdom leads to strife and confusion, since its author, 
Lucifer, rebelled against God and destroyed the peace that reigned 
in Heaven. Since his expulsion from Heaven, he has sought 
followers to spread his ungodly wisdom. Satan desires the honor 
due God, likewise his followers also desire honor for themselves. 

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Men believe their own reasoning and ideas to be better than God's 
Word. Earthly wisdom leads to strife and hatred, for each values 
his own thoughts and possessions above the good of any other, 
consequently, each defends himself and his objects even to the 
destruction of others. 

Because earthly wisdom exalts man, he depends on his feelings 
as a guide concerning right and wrong. The popular saying is "If it 
feels right, do it." This precludes the self-discipline that is 
necessary to consider the well-being of others or to follow the 
strict teachings of God's Word. This sensualism leads to all the 
lusts of mankind which bring warfare, sin and death. 

Earthly wisdom, while it may seem reasonable and may promise 
pleasure, will in the end lead to destruction. The envying and strife 
engendered by this philosophy will lead to confusion and evil 
works, which will lead to judgment and destruction. 

Heavenly wisdom is distinguished by a number of qualifications. 
Purity is necessary. Earthly wisdom seeks physical, sensual 
pleasure which leads to impurity, in thought and deed. Jesus 
instructs us that a pure heart is needed if we expect to see God. If 
the world tempts toward "doing what comes naturally," remember 
the price of yielding is high. Nakedness and immodesty are 
extolled as a return to paradise, but remember God's Word 
counsels against these very things repeatedly. 

Heavenly wisdom is peaceable. The world speaks of each de- 
fending his "rights." Yet it is worldly wisdom's emphasis upon 
fulfilling physical desires that leads to strife and attempts to 
destroy another's "rights." The Bible speaks of meekness, turning 
the other cheek, loving one's enemies. If we look to Jesus as our 
Perfect Example, we will learn to reject the world's emphasis on 
rights and justice, instead we will be interested In true love and 
peace. 

Gentleness is a very scarce characteristic. The world teaches us 
to be tough and to lack compassion and pity. Jesus cared for all 
manner of mankind. He was not tough, yet He endured far more 
than the toughest of man could have endured, when He bore men's 
sins. 

Heavenly wisdom brings forth fruit of the Spirit, which is well- 
pleasing to our Heavenly Father. If a man has only the fruit 
produced from following earthly wisdom, he will have an empty, 
evil life. Righteousness may be deplored by the world but without it 
there is no hope of gaining Heaven. 

The highest part of Heavenly wisdom is to make our peace with 
God. Without being at peace with God we can not be at peace with 
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tell us such a committment is unnecessary and that we can better 
direct our lives ourselves. Will worldly wisdom lead us to a life that 
will gain us Heaven or will its end be far different? 

The choice is yours. You will follow one kind of wisdom or the 
other. Which will it be? 

JESUS LOVES ME 

"Jesus loves me, this I know, 
For the Bible tells me so." 

What's in the Bible that proves that Jesus loves me? That He 
loves you? John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he 
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life." Giving His Son to die 
for us is the greatest proof of His love that there is. It took a special 
love to cause God to give His only Son, the best that He had, to 
save us. It took a special love to cause Jesus to allow Himself to be 
given; a love that made Him willing to die on the Cross and become 
our Savior. No one else will ever love you as much as Jesus loves 
you. 

Jesus died a very painful death, not because of something He 
had done, but because of what we are. Not only did He suffer on 
the Cross, but He was tortured greatly before He ever got to the 
Cross. The crown of thorns gouged His head; the scourging tore 
His back; He was slapped repeatedly (John 18:23, 19:1-3). Those 
who were present at His trial and crucifixion increased His 
suffering by their taunts and mockery; His disciples deserted Him. 
There was much pain and suffering, but especially, there was the 
agony of bearing our sin and being forsaken by God because of 
sin. See Mark 15:34. 

Nearly everything the people did added to Jesus' suffering. At 
one point they tried to relieve it, but He refused. Before the cruci- 
fixion, He was offered "wine mingled with myrrh" (Mark 15:23), or 
"vinegar mingled with gall" (Matt. 27:34), but He refused to drink it. 
Criminals were given a potion before crucifixion to deaden pain, 
but Jesus refused to accept anything which would drug His mind. 
He was fully aware of everything which happened to Him, from the 
moment of being nailed to the Cross to the moment when He 
bowed His head and died. 

Jesus wanted to give up His life for us, but if His mind had been 
drugged, He might have died involuntarily. When Jesus bowed His 
head after committing all into the Father's hands. He died. This act 
of bowing His head stopped His breathing. When on the cross, the 
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legs in order for a breath to be taken. This is why breaking the legs 
of the two others crucified hastened their death. No one took 
Jesus' life from Him. No man was allowed to hasten this moment, 
but it was done in God's own time, when all was finished. 

Jesus loved His tormentors and He died for them just as much as 
He died for you and me. He loved John who followed as closely as 
possible. He loved Peter, who tagged along way behind and who 
denied Him three times. When Jesus turned and looked at Peter 
after the denials, I'm sure it was a look of compassion and love, not 
one of disgust. This look melted Peter's heart and he wept bitterly. 
Jesus also loved the disciples who left the scene altogether and He 
loves you and me in spite of our shortcomings. 

Because Jesus loves us, He was wounded for our trans- 
gressions (Isa. 53:5). He tasted death for all of us (Heb. 2:9). Jesus 
said, 'The cup which my father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" 
John 18:11b. Everything that the Father asked Him to do, He did, 
not for His own sake, but for ours. Because Jesus loves us, He 
keeps on giving to us even now. Besides the salvation He provided, 
He now intercedes for us. He gives us strength, comfort, hope, 
peace and joy beyond measure. 

Jesus does love me; He does love you. But His love is of no effect 
until you personally accept Him as your Savior and Lord. Jesus 
didn't owe anyone anything but He gave Himself for us anyhow. 
We owe Him everything and we ought to surrender all to Him. Only 
then can we know the full measure of peace and joy that He wants 
to give us. Do you love Jesus enough to give Him your whole heart 
and to receive His peace? 

"Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me 
from this hour: but for this cause caTrie I unto this hour." John 
12:27. "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: never- 
theless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42. Jesus did not 
want to look forward to the hours of agony ahead especially the 
point when He bore our sins, but because He loved us, He died for 
us. 

The onlookers said, "Save thyself, and come down from the 
cross." Mark 15:30. In so doing, He could have saved Himself but 
not us. Love prevailed. He stayed on the Cross. He died there for us 
so we wouldn't need to die in our sins. By His death. He recon- 
ciled us to God; by His resurrection, He provided us with life 
everlasting. If we accept Jesus as our Savior, the blessings of 
salvation are ours. Will you do that now? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"THY SINS ARE FORGIVEN THEE!" 

LUKE 5:17-26, JOHN 2:1-12 

Jesus did many wonderful things and healed all kinds of 
diseases. One of the most interesting times was when He healed a 
man who had the palsy. While Jesus was in the town of 
Capernaum, He went to a house where he preached to the people. 

Walking along the road were four men carrying a man on a 
stretcher. The man had the palsy and was unable to walk. They 
were going to Jesus so the man could be healed. Jesus had healed 
many people so wherever he went the crowds followed Him. When 
the men arrived at the house where Jesus was, there were so many 
people that it was impossible for them to go in. I suppose the man 
who had the palsy was discouraged. He had hoped so much that 
Jesus would heal him. He wanted to be well again just like anybody 
else. 

The men who carried the sick man didn't give up easily. They 
came to have their friend healed and were determined to see 
Jesus. What do you think they did? They lifted the man up on the 
roof of the house and took off some of the tile so that there was a 
big hole right over the place where Jesus was. Then they let down 
the stretcher with the man with the palsy on it right in front of 
Jesus. 

When Jesus saw the man with the palsy He knew that the man 
and his friends had faith that Jesus could heal. I am sure it made 
Jesus glad to know that there were some who had faith in Him. Do 
you know what Jesus said to the sick man? He said, "Man, thy sins 
are forgiven thee." I wonder what that man thought. He came there 
to be healed of the palsy and Jesus just forgave his sins. Of course 
we know that to have our sins forgiven is the most important thing 
that can happen to us — even more important than to have our 
body healed of disease. 

There were some scribes in the. house listening to Jesus talk. A 
scribe was a person who could write letters. In those days only a 
few people could write because it was expensive to go to school. 
The scribes were proud and were usually rich. They were hired to 
write for other men. When Jesus said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," 
the scribes began to reason in their hearts, "Why does this man 
blaspheme? Who can forgive sins but God only?" You see, they 
didn't know that Jesus was the Son of God. 

Jesus understood what the scribes were thinking and He knows 
what you and I think too. Jesus said to the scribes, "Which is easier 
to say. Thy sins be forgiven thee' or to say, 'Rise up and walk?' But 



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that you may know that the Son of man has power to forgive sins, 
(He said to the man with the palsy) Arise, take up your bed, and go 
to your house." And immediately the man with the palsy rose up 
before them and went to his own house glorifying God. He was 
completely healed — right now! He could walk again and he was 
strong enough to carry his bed. 

Wouldn't you like to have seen Jesus heal that man. Only Jesus 
could do such a wonderful thing. Jesus forgave his sins too, which 
was even more wonderful. Jesus wants to forgive you too. Will you 
let Jesus come into your heart? 

Brother Rudy Cover 

TEMPTATIONS 

Christ was tempted as we are. We find in Matthew 4:3 these 
words, "And when the tempter came to him, he said, !f thou be the 
Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." In the 
fourth verse, Jesus answered and said, "It is written, Man shall not 
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the 
mouth of God." 

Christ let nothing come between Him and the merits of God. 
God knows His children meet with temptations, but He is always 
near to help and encourage us to make the right decisions. We are 
told in His Word, that God Is faithful and will not let us be tempted 
above that we are able to bear. 

We must not yield to temptation. If we do, we sin by our own 
choosing. This shows a weakness on our part. Nathaniel Willis 
once wrote, "No degree of temptation justifies any degree of sin, 
temptation is only an invitation to sin." William Shakespeare said, 
"It is one thing to be tempted, and another thing to fall." 

I believe that temptations serve as a testing ground for the soul. 
They can either strengthen us or weaken us. If we want to test a 
ship we have to take it out where the waves are high in a stormy sea 
then we can test its strength. A Captain's skill is put to test there. 
So is the test of life. Often we feel like we are surrounded by a 
mighty wave of temptations. Let us be careful we don't stumble, 
but that they become stepping stones to help us. 

Temptations are a battleground upon which man's selfishness 
challenges God's divine will. Temptation is a conflict between that 
which I want to do and that which I know I ought to do. So many 
are lost by getting their own way in life, yielding to one temptation 
after another. The challenge belongs to each of us. It is a decision 
we each one must make. There is no one but you or I who can say, 
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Let us make Christ the center of our lives. Then we can come to 
Him for help and He will direct us in the way we should go. The 
average man only feels the need of God during a crisis, but a 
Christian feels his dependence upon God and goes through life 
praying for Divine help. If we are tempted to do something we must 
be sure it will be for our own good or to help someone else. Never 
do anything to hurt another soul. Here are two things to remember 
about temptation. First, you cannot escape it, second, God will 
give you power to overcome the strongest ones if you only put 
your trust in Him. 

In studying the account of Jesus' temptations it seems to me the 
third one was the greatest crisis He had to face. Here the tempter 
took our Blessed Lord to the peak of a high mountain and showed 
Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. "And saith 
unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and 
worship me." The devil did not think that he would receive the 
answer that Jesus gave him. "Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee 
hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, 
and him only shalt thou serve." 

I am sure none of us want to cause a friend or Brother to fall. We 
don't want to be a stumbling block. Jesus has a work for all to do. 
Are we always ready to say, "Thy will be done?" This will help us 
overcome many a temptation. 

So many today want to be popular. First we should ask ourselves 
this question, "What would it cost us to gain popularity?" If you 
must yield to temptation, lose your self respect, degrade your soul, 
it would be very costly. It would be far better to anchor your hope 
upon things eternal. 

If we are seeking for a Home in Heaven we must follow Christ 
and live a pure and holy life while we journey here below. 
Temptations from without can never harm the soul unless there is 
an overpowering desire within. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

SOMEONE DIED AND LEFT YOU A FORTUNE 

I am sure if someone died and left us a fortune in this life, we 
would do all we could to meet the conditions of that will. 

But someone has left us a fortune, which is far better than 
earthly treasures. The treasure He left us is everlasting. I know that 
we can't understand just what that means, but by faith we can 
believe it. Yes, it's true. Christ died for our sins, that He might give 
us everlasting life. Gal. 1 :4, "Who gave himself for our sins, that he 
might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will 
of God and our Father." I Peter 1:3-4, "Blessed be the God and 



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Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant 
mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resur- 
rection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance 
incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in 
heaven for you." 

The death of Jesus Christ, nineteen hundred years ago, gives 
you and me, today, the right of inheritance, provided we fulfill the 
terms of the will He left. The fortune is free and freely given to us, it 
costs no money. Romans 8:32, "He that spared not his own Son, 
but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with htm also freely 
give us all things?" This fortune costs us nothing but obedience to 
His will. 

The terms of His will are: First is faith. John 11:26a, "And who- 
soever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." Second is 
repentance. Luke 13:3, "... Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 
perish." Repentance means to be sorry enough for your sins to 
turn from them and live for Jesus. Third is confession. Matt. 10:32, 
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I 
confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Fourth is 
baptism. Acts 2:38, 'Then Peter said unto them. Repent, and be 
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the 
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 
Many today teach that you can be saved without baptism, but 
Jesus in John 3:5, says, "Except a man be born of water and the 
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Notice Jesus 
said, "except a man..." Jesus here is not talking about a natural 
birth like men today want you to believe. After a man is old enough 
to know the truth, it is then he must be "Born of the water and of 
the Spirit." Baptism is essential in order for us to be saved. 

After we have met the conditions of the will, we must live and do 
all things whatsoever He has commanded us. Matt. 28:19. We are 
to live a holy life, separate from the world. I Peter 1:15, "But as he 
which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of 
conversation." 

If we fail to accept this gift of eternal life we have no one to blame 
but ourselves, for "God is not willing that any should perish but 
that all should come to a knowledge of repentance." If you fail to 
accept God's gift you must pay the penalty for your own sins, 
which is an everlasting eternity in Hell with the devil and his 
angels. I beg of you to accept His will and receive the inheritance. 

Brother W. E. Bashor 



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CULTS 

ARMSTRONG'S WORLD WIDE CHURCH OF GOD 

The World Wide Church of God began in 1934 under the 
direction of its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong. It is one of the 
fastest growing, richest, and most vocal of the American cults. 

Herbert is now an octagenarian, but he still has a great deal of 
influence in the policies and teachings of the church. He is a 
master of communications and knows how to effectively utilize the 
media to spread his religion. This group sponsors more television 
and radio broadcasts and is on more stations than any of the other 
cults. Herbert Armstrong was influenced in his early life by the 
Seventh-Day Adventists and by the writings of Charles Russell, 
founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses. 

He deceives many by saying that Jesus is God, but of course, 
only in the sense that we too can become gods or the like. He 
initiated the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, abstinence 
from unclean foods, and certain "scientific" means of interpre- 
tation of prophecy in his organization. It is taught that no one is 
born again until the Resurrection (excepting Jesus) and that Satan 
and all sinful men will be annihilated. Armstrong, denying the 
emphasis of the complete book of John, says that Christ was 
raised from the dead as a spirit, not as an immortal man with the 
physical form of flesh and bones. He indicates that the United 
States and Great Britain are the ten lost tribes of Israel. 

Armstrong says, they, only, have the same gospel that Christ 
preached. I quote from a recording of one of his broadcasts: 
'Today Christ has raised up him proclaiming His same Gospel, 
preparatory to His Second Coming..." 'The World Tomorrow" and 
the "Plain Truth" are Christ's instruments which He is powerfully 
using. Yes, His message is shocking today. Once again it is the 
voice in the wilderness of religious confusion." The view he takes 
of his role parallels the claim made by all cultic leaders. They are 
the messengers of God uniquely set apart to restore or to correctly 
present God's message. Jesus, in Matthew 24:24, warns us of such 
self-made "Christs." 

In one of Armstrong's writings, he predicted Christ's return in 
1975. He also said that the tribulation would commence on 
January 7, 1972, the thirty-eighth anniversary of his first regular 
broadcast. This is false prophecy! 

As we further study Mr. Armstrong's writings, we find that he 
does not believe in the Trinity, that he believes that Christ and God 
are two separate and individual Persons, that Jesus, alone, of all 
humans, has so far been saved, that Christ's resurrected body was 



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no longer human. He says that the Passover, the days of un- 
leavened bread, Pentecost, and the holy days God had ordained 
forever were all observed by Jesus. Armstrong's theology 
bombards us almost daily via the media. He is a wolf dressed In the 
clothing of an innocent lamb. We must carefully compare his 
words with the truth. 

Armstrong's teachings confuse many people because he uses a 
veneer of Christian terminology and out-of-context quotations 
from the Bible. When he relates to us that the Trinity is not limited 
to three Persons, but is actually a family concept in which all 
persons who accepts his teachings will share, read II Peter 1:17, 
John 1:1, Titus 2:13, Rev. 22:12-16 and be aware of the CORRECT 
teaching. When he says that we can become God "just as Jesus is 
God," declare what is right with Rev. 1:7-8; Colossians 2:9; or 
again, John 1:1. John 2:19-21, and Luke 24:37-39 contradicts 
Armstrong's teaching that Christ rose from the dead as a spirit 
without a physical form. To counter his teachings on the New 
Birth, quote Luke 1:24, 37; 2:21, 36, or James 1:15, 18. He has even 
made the statement that the blood of Christ does not finally save 
anyone. Read I Peter 1:19. No good devotee of the World Wide 
Church of God eats pork, lobster, clams, shrimp, oysters or other 
items prohibited under the Mosaic system. What does Paul say in I 
Timothy 4:1-5? They are even to observe Jewish feast days, new 
moons, festivals, and sabbaths. 

Mr. Armstrong's emphasis upon the Bible, perverted as it may be, 
has drawn to him a following of sincere and devoted truth-seeking 
people. They have become confused by his dogmatic pronounce- 
ments in the name of God. We need to seriously consider the 
wordsof the Apostle Paul in II Cor. 11:3-4 and carefully shun those 
who would lead us away from a sincere and pure devotion to 
Christ. I think we have an obligation to witness to these cultists 
who have been deceived by a counterfeit of true Bible teachings. I 
pray that we will accept the challenge in the love of Christ, praying 
always that they might still be reconciled to God. (II Cor. 5:20.) 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

••••••• 

Zaccheus sought to see Jesus; so did Nicodemus, Joseph of 
Arimathaea, and the women at the tomb. We can find Jesus if we 
seek Him in faith. We can seek Him through prayer, and It is need- 
ful that we do, for good morals are not enough. Salvation must 
come to us personally. 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued fronn March 15, 1979 Issue 

As we study this fourth Dispensation of the world, we learn that 
God promised Abraham a son and numerous seed. Gen. 15:4-5, 
16:15, 17:15-21. Two sons were born unto him, Ishmael by Hagar 
and Isaac by Sarah. God promised both sons a great heritage. We 
learn by these Scriptures God's Divine purpose, which was that the 
Spiritual inheritance of Abraham's seed was to come through Isaac 
and through Christ. We learn also, that the coming seed, coming 
into prominence in the next (fifth) Dispensation, the Old Dis- 
pensation, the Old Covenant of Law, were under the "tutelage" of 
the Law. 

We have a full account of this in Gal. 4. Let us study that account. 
Verses 1-5, "Now I say. That the heir, as long as he is a child, 
differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is 
under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 
Even so we (Christ's chosen), when we were children, were in 
bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of 
the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, 
made under the law. To redeem them that were under the law, that 
we might receive the adoption of sons." Now read Gal. 4:21-22. 
'Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 
For It is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond- 
maid, the other by a free woman." Verses 6 and 7, "And because ye 
are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, 
crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a 
son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." 

Read verses 23-26, "But he who was of the bondwoman was 
born after the flesh (fleshly heritage); but he of the freewoman was 
by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two 
covenants; the one from the m'ount Sinai, which gendereth to 
bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and 
answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and Is in bondage with her 
children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother 
of us all." "So then, brethren (under the New Covenant), we are not 
children of the bondwoman, but of the free." Verse 31 . "Neverthe- 
less what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her 
son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of 
the freewoman." Verse 30. We see in all this, God's Divine purpose, 
which was the Spiritual inheritance of Abraham's seed, through 
Isaac and Christ. 

Let us now sum up this Dispensation of the "family." First, we 
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sacrifice. This is a type of God's offering of His Son Jesus Christ. 
We learn of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, of Isaac's 
family, of Jacob's family, of Joseph being sold into Egypt, as a 
preserver of fleshly life and family, of the Exodus of the children of 
Jacob from Egypt and also of God's renaming Jacob, Israel. Let us 
note further, in summing up this Dispensation, which extended 
from the "call of Abram," to the "Exodus," a period of approxi- 
mately 430 years, we have the fathers of the "faithful." Neverthe- 
less In Abraham's descendants righteousness waned. Isaac was a 
peaceful and a good man, but did not measure up to his father. 
Jacob, Isaac's son, who succeeded to the birthright, had to flee 
from home, because he took away his brother Esau's blessing. The 
twelve sons of Jacob, with the exception of Joseph, all greatly 
degenerated from the parent stock. Therefore, this dispensation 
ended with all of Abraham's descendants working as slaves under 
bondage in the brick-yards of Egypt. 

Thus, four times in the Book of Genesis, God's plans for the 
human race seem to be frustrated by the "serpent." First, by the 
"fall" In the "garden"; second, by the "flood"; third, by the 
"confusion at Babel"; and fourth, by the "captivity in Egypt." 

Brother William Root 

FRAGMEMTS 

"Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." 
John 6:12. Many poor folks would be very thankful for the frag- 
ments of food and clothing that other people waste. When tempted 
to extravagance, think of the thousands of poor. 

The Lord can work miracles in our lives too. We should gather up 
the fragments of privileges and opportunities. Hills are composed 
of individual grains of sand gathered up. What immense hills of 
blessing for ourselves and for others may be heaped, If we simply 
gather up the fragments of time to pray, to read the Word, to pass a 
smile or helpful word to another. Even a warm hand on a shoulder 
or head in passing by carries blessing. Waste is a crime. Haste 
makes waste. Gathered pennies result in pounds. Gathered 
moments result in hours. Gathered fragments filled twelve baskets. 

Brother C. L. Frost 
Kansas City, Missouri 

• •••••• 

The Door of Faith is still open. God shut the door to the Ark, with 
the faithful few inside. The five foolish virgins found themselves on 
the outside when the door was shut. How sad to be on the wrong 
side of the door! 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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He was baptized into the Church of the Brethren at an early age 
and transferred his membership to the Dunkard Brethren about 
1928. He served faithfully in the ministry and Eldership for over 
sixty years. Services were conducted at the Church of the Brethren 
In Chrlstiansburg, Virginia, February 22, 1979, by Elder Jacob 
Ness, York, Pennsylvania and K. E. Richardson, Roanoke, Virginia. 

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation for the 
kindness shown during his illness and death. 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

All queries from District Meetings and all Board Reports that are 
to be included in the Business Program for General Conference 
should be in my hands by April 15, 1979. 

General Conference Writing Clerk 
Elder Harley Flory 
R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 
Phone (419) 497-3953 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation plans Pre-Easter Services April 11 
through 15. There will be services each evening with afternoon 
services on Saturday. Our Lovefeast will be that evening. 

Bro. Harley Flory of Defiance, Ohio will be the special speaker. 

We invite all who can to attend these meetings. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 
The Lord willing, the Englewood Congregation will engage in a 
two week Revival Meeting; April 15 through April 29 with Bro. Allen 
Eberly of Ephrata, Pennsylvania as our evangelist. 

Pray for these meetings that the Spirit might direct our Brother 
to speak out against the sins of the people, that souls might be 
saved, and we as a Christian people might be edified. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation enjoyed another revival meeting 
from August 27 through September 3 with Bro. Jacob Ness of 
York, Pennsylvania as our Evangelist. Although none were added 
to the Church at this time, the seed has been sown. 

We were happy to have those from other congregations come 

and enjoy the Lovefeast and meetings with us. We were happy Sis. 

Fern and Duane could be with us also. May the Lord bless our 

Evangelists as they continue to preach the Word in these trying 

davs 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 



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OBITUARIES 

RUTH BAKER 

Sister Ruth L. Baker was born November 28, 1902. She passed 
away November 23, 1978 at the age of nearly 76 years. She was 
born in Stark County, Ohio and spent her entire life there. She was 
the daughter of Bro. and Sis. Aaron Beltz, a Deacon in the Orion 
Congregation. She accepted Christ at an early age. She married 
Louis Baker, who passed away a number of years ago. There were 
no children. She had no close living relatives. She lived alone and 
passed away at her home. 

The funeral was conducted at the Swigart Funeral Home, in 
Canal Fulton, Ohio, by Bro. George Replogle. The final resting 
place was Mudbrook Cemetery, Jackson Township, Ohio. 

WILLIAM MANGUS 

Brother William A. Mangus was born March 3, 1889 and passed 
away January 7, 1979 at the age of nearly 90 years. He spent a 
good part of his life near Greentown, Ohio. He was a blacksmith. 
He was a member of the Orion Congregation. He married Lottie 
Dulabahn, but had no children. She is a survivor. 

The funeral was conducted in the Howard Hecker Funeral Home 
in Uniontown, Ohio by Craig Brown of the Brethren Church. The 
final resting place was Mt. Peace Cemetery, Hartville, Ohio. He was 
a veteran of the First World War but did not take up arms. 

ROSCOE REED 

Elder Roscoe Quinter Evans Reed, son of Humphrey M. and 
Minnie Alice (Altizer) Reed, was born in Floyd County, Virginia, 
August 24, 1893 and departed this life February 20, 1979, at the age 
of 85 years, 5 months and 26 days. 

He was married in September, 1916 to Ora Ethel Dulaney who 
preceded him in death in 1955. To this union were born five sons 
and three daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him in 
death in infancy. Surviving are: Alice Leah, Salem, Virginia; Nelson 
Reed, Santa Barbara, California; Carl Reed, Grandview, Missouri; 
Harold Reed, Roanoke, Virginia; Ord Reed, Riner, Virginia and Inez 
Reed, Roanoke, Virginia. Twenty-nine grandchildren; thirty-six 
great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Spradling, 
Roanoke, Virginia; Mrs. Margaret Craun, Camp Springs, Maryland; 
Mrs. Minnie Smith, Roanoke, Virginia; and three brothers, Horace 
Reed, Eagle Rock, Virginia; D. Paul Reed, Riner, Virginia; Hayes 
Reed, Modesto, California. One brother preceded him in death. In 
September, 1 959, he was married to Bertie M. Altizer who survives, 
along with his step-son, Edward Altizer, Radford, Virginia and his 
step-daughter, Beatrice Blue, Tucson, Arizona. 



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VOL. LVII APRIL 15, 1979 NO. 8 

■'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LIFT YOUR GLAD VOICES 

Lift your glad voices in triumph on high, 
For Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die; 
Vain were the terrors that gathered around Him, 
And short the dominion of death and the grave. 

He burst from the fetters of darkness that bound Him, 
Resplendent in glory, to live and to save; 
Loud was the chorus of angels on high, 
The Savior hath risen, and man shall not die. 

Glory to God, in full anthems of joy, 

The being He gave us death cannot destroy; 

Sad were the life we may part with tomorrow, 

If tears were our birthright, and death were our end. 

But Jesus hath cheered the dark valley of sorrow, 
And bade us, immortal, to Heaven ascend; 
Lift then your voices in triumph on high, 
For Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die. 

- Henry Ware, Jr. 



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AMNESTY 

During a recent strike, one of the impediments to the ending of 
the strike was the question of amnesty. The workers who had quit 
work and disrupted the normal affairs of their community, wanted 
to be assured of retaining their old jobs and of receiving no punish- 
ment for their part in the dispute. They were in effect admitting that 
they had done wrong but they did not want to be penalized for their 
actions. They were asking for amnesty. 

The word, "amnesty," which is originally from Greek, means 
"forgetful." Thus one who receives amnesty does not receive the 
penalty due him because his deed is forgotten. 

Public officials occasionally grant amnesty. They do it, some- 
times, as a means of righting wrongs, when a person has been 
unjustly condemned. At other times, they grant amnesty to end 
labor disputes or other disruptions. Their granting of amnesty is a 
political act, so their "forgetfulness" is only according to law, not 
the actual condition of their minds. 

Although men may grant amnesty, yet they often remember. 
When God offers amnesty. His forgetfulness is total. There is no 
deeper sea than the "sea of God's forgetfulness." God not only 
grants amnesty but actually offers it to mankind. There are 
relatively few who ever receive amnesty from the government, but 
all need God's amnesty. 

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 
3:23. Instinctively, men know they are not equal to God, because 
they are not perfect. Because of sin, men are imperfect. Their 
imperfection marks them as being inferior to God and undeserving 

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of the glory that belongs to God. Sins may be "small" or "great" but 
each one separates men from perfection. 

The Word of God also warns us, "For the wages of sin is death..." 
Sin, imperfection and faults can be attributed to man and there is a 
penalty for them. Just as men look forward, from time to time, to 
receiving compensation for their work, they also can anticipate a 
payday for their sins. The wages of sin are the harshest of all 
penalties. Because sin is completely foreign to Him, it can never 
please God; it is worthy of the punishment of death. 

We know already that, "... the wages of sin is death...", but God 
does not stop there, "... but the gift of God is eternal life through 
Jesus Christ our Lord." God has established a plan so men can 
receive a grant of amnesty. This plan was set up as a gift from God 
to man. Like any other gift it must be accepted by one for whom it 
is intended if it is to do him any good. We can not conceive of a gift 
being refused; especially a gift of eternal life, yet it is rejected by 
most to whom it is offered and many do not even know of its 
existence. Whether through ignorance, pride or too-great self- 
sufficiency many are rejecting this greatest of all gifts. 

When public officials offer amnesty it is generally at very little 
cost to themselves. It requires only the signing of a legal 
document. But God paid dearly for the amnesty offered to sinners. 
He gave His Son. Sin is worthy of the severest judgment. A just 
God could not overlook that fact. Jesus, who was sinless, bore the 
sins of mankind upon Himself on the cross. He became the 
substitute for each person who will accept Him as his substitute. 
He not only sits as judge of sinners but He provides the way of 
escape from His just penalty for sin. When Jesus becomes the 
substitute for a sinner, God "forgets" that man's due penalty. 
Instead of death, eternal life becomes the future of that man. 

The acceptance of Jesus as the substitute is a matter of faith 
(believing that what Jesus did was for the sake of each), 
repentance (a sorrow for those sins that would rightly cost one the 
price of eternal separation from God and a determination, by 
God's help to live a godly life), baptism (the outward form of being 
washed in water that represents the cleansing effect of the Blood 
of Christ). At the fulfillment of this plan, the Holy Ghost enters to 
make His abode within, that He might direct the Christian into a life 
pleasing to God. 

By forming this plan, God showed man how to take advantage of 
His forgetfulness. He offers amnesty. But if His offer is not 
accepted, His memory will be all-to-clear on the Judgment Day, 
when He remembers the sins and imperfections of those who 
rejected His offer of amnesty. For them that payday of sin will be as 
He has promised — death. 

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SPRING 

O Thou, Creator of Spring 
The fulfillment of hope 

After a long, cold winter. 
With great anticipation 
We watch, 
And wait, 
And hope . . . 
Thou, God, hast never failed us. 

The snow always vanishes; 
The sap flows, bringing new life 
And foliage to the trees; 
The crocuses bloom again, 
The mushrooms appear. 
Long did your people wait 

For the Promised One. 
Thou, God, didst not fail them. 

And today new life flows 

Into sinsick souls; 
And we can sing praise 
Because the resurrection was 

More than a promise: 
Jesus lives! 

And because He lives, 
I, Too Shall Live! 

— D. J. Cleveland 

Used by permission 

Selected by Sister Sylvia Parker 

THE CHRISTIAN'S CROSS 

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after 
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." 
Matt. 16:24. 

To the rich young ruler, Jesus said, "... Gome, take up the cross, 
and follow me." Mark 10:21b. 

"And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not 
worthy of me." Matt. 10:38. 

What is the Christian's cross? Jesus spoke of it several times, 
attaching great importance to it. It is a wilful act, because we take it 
up. It is a direct command, not something left to choice. Jesus also 
said, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever 
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complete self-denial, so can we not conclude that the Christian's 
cross is the one on which self is crucified? 

Jesus commanded, in this order, to deny self, take up the cross, 
then follow Him. He also said that those who don't are not worthy 
of Him, Why? Jesus gave all that He had to give, when He died on 
the Cross for us. Is it unreasonable then that He has asked us to 
give all that we have to give? "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by 
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, 
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service," 
Rom. 12:1. It is only reasonable then for us to give all that we have 
to give, offering ourselves to do God's will. With God first, others 
next, and ourselves last, we can then serve God acceptably. 

Jesus died once for all. He bore our sins in His own body, but it 
was not our sins which were crucified. Jesus Himself was 
crucified, and our old man with Him. "Knowing this, that our old 
man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, 
that henceforth we should not serve sin." Rom. 6:6. When self (our 
old man) is crucified, a life of service follows. It is a life of 
consecration and dedication — not to self anymore — but to God. 
It is a life of seeking to follow Christ in everything. 

'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old 
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Cor. 
5:17. A Christian must take up his cross daily — it is a new way of 
life. There are new attitudes, new desires and new goals, with the 
supreme motive being to please God. The old attitudes and desires 
were self-centered, but now self is being crucified. "And they that 
are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." 
Gal. 5:24. Some selfish desires are slow to die, but die they will if 
you will surrender them all to Christ. 

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and 
wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life 
also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his 
cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26-27. 
When we come to Christ, He must be first in our lives. We dare not 
love some other person more than Christ anymore than we dare to 
love ourselves more than Christ. We cannot be a disciple if we do 
not love Him first and foremost, if we do not bear our cross and 
follow Jesus. 

We must pass the love test, the sacrifice test, and the service test. 
This is all part of the Christian's cross, for we cannot love as we 
please, live as we please, nor treat others as we please. You may 
think putting up with a cranky neighbor is a cross, but really, your 
cross is when you would like to retaliate and that desire must be 
crucified so love can take over. When love takes over, self has been 
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"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by 
the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for 
me." Gal. 2:20. No matter how noble your desires, you can't live the 
Christian life without help. It is Christ living in you Who makes it 
possible for you to bear your cross and live for Him. He makes it 
possible for you to be pleasant and to please Him, even when you 
are faced with many aggravating and irritating circumstances. 
Jesus first bore His own cross; now He helps you bear yours. 

"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the 
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Rom. 8:13. 
The key to success in the Christian life and in bearing the 
Christian's cross is not in your own will power. It is not in mere 
self-denial, either. As a Christian, you must depend on the Spirit 
for guidance and power to do what you should. Bearing the 
Christian's cross brings death to self, but life to your soul. When 
you are moved by your Jove for the Lord and your desire to please 
Him, it won't seem tike a cross, for you will have peace in your 
heart. Which will it be for you — selfishness and spiritual death, or 
self-denial and spiritual life? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



A NEW CREATURE 

J. H. Moore 

Every person born into the kingdom becomes a new creature in 
Christ Jesus. In the baptism of water and of the Spirit there is a 
putting off of the old man and a putting on of the new man (Col. 
3:10). It is a burial of the old man of sin, and the coming forth of the 
new man. It is the act of putting on Christ in the rite of holy baptism 
(Gal. 3:27), and we are told that "if any man be in Christ, he is a 
new creature: old things are passed away" (!l Cor. 5:17). There is a 
new heart, a renewed spirit, and a new purpose of life. On entering 
the kingdom, he starts as a newborn babe; he grows as a new man, 
being a new creature, spiritually speaking, a new creation, 
begotten by the Word of Truth. Fed on the sincere milk of the 
Word, he lives a new and different life. The things he once hated he 
will now love, and the things he once loved he will now hate. He 
thus lives and grows until the full stature in Christ Jesus is 
reached. 

Selected from New Testament Doctrines 
by Brother Lynn H. Miller 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"NO ONE TO HELP ME!" 

JOHN 5:1-16 

Near Jerusalem there was a pool of water where people came to 
be healed. It was called the pool of Bethesda. It had five porches 
where all kinds of sick people waited till they could see a move- 
ment in the water. At a certain time of the year an angel went into 
the pool and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped first into the 
pool after the moving of the water was healed of whatever disease 
he had. 

A certain man was there who had been crippled for thirty-eight 
years. He was lying on a bed and waiting for the water to move. He 
was hoping to be healed but every time some other person got into 
the water first. 

Jesus came to this place and saw the man waiting to be healed. 
He said to him, "Do you want to be made whole?" The man 
answered him, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to 
put me into the pool, but while I am coming, another steps down 
before me. There's no one to help me!" 

Jesus felt sorry for this man and said, "Rise, take up thy bed and 
walk." Right away the man was healed. He was completely well 
again. I'm sure he was a happy man. Thirty-eight years is a long 
time to be crippled. 

It was the Sabbath Day when Jesus healed the man. There were 
always those who criticized Jesus. They said to the man, "It's not 
lawful for you to carry your bed on the sabbath." The man 
answered them, "He that healed me, told me to take up my bed and 
walk." Then the Jews said, "Who told you to take up your bed and 
walk?" The man who was healed didn't know who Jesus was and 
Jesus had walked away. Afterward Jesus returned and said to the 
man, "Behold, you are whole: sin no more lest a worse thing come 
unto you." Then the man told the Jews that it was Jesus, then they 
persecuted Jesus and sought for an occasion to kill Him because 
he had healed a man on the sabbath. How narrow minded can 
people get? 

The man thought there was no one to help him but Jesus came 
to him. It was a wonderful day for that man when he could walk 
again like other people. Jesus is a friend in a time of need. When 
you think no one cares ask Jesus to help you for He has said, "I will 
never leave thee nor forsake thee." 

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A CALL TO REMEMBRANCE 

"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of 
God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." II Tim. 1:6. 

There are many calls to remembrance in the Bible. This one by 
the aged Apostle Paul to the younger man Timothy is very tender 
and appealing. 

Paul knew that his life on earth was swiftly drawing to its close. 
Some day soon the guard would come to take him to the place of 
execution. He longed for Timothy. "My dearly beloved son", (verse 
2) and fondly hoped to see him again before he died. 

But a deeper chord than that of personal affection is struck here. 
Timothy was most precious to Christ and to His Church because of 
his God-given gift. Paul is saying, "My hands were upon you when 
this gift was given." Both Paul and Timothy were vividly aware of 
what took place at that time. 

Paul had urged Timothy to remember the unfeigned faith of his 
Grandmother and Mother. Their loving, faithful prayers for him 
were largely rewarded when Timothy received this gift of God for 
the ministry of the Word. 

The stirring-up of Timothy's gift might well make him a target for 
the Roman and Jewish persecutors. It might well cost him his life. 
But Timothy had a gift from God that blessed Christians wherever 
he went. Churches prospered under his ministry and sinners were 
warned to flee the wrath of God by believing on Jesus and obeying 
His Word. 

Timothy carefully preserved this letter after Paul was gone and 
no doubt often refreshed his memory with it. The memories they 
both had shared would ever remind him to continue to stir up his 
gift to forward the Gospel of Christ. 

When strength fails in old age the mind is left with a host of 
memories. A loss of memory is threatened. How is age to cope with 
an increasingly faulty memory? Is it true that as long as there is life 
there is hope? Is there some thing we can do to retain happy, 
hopeful memories in our old age? 

Sadly, we have heard the wail, "I don't want to remember. I want 
to forget." Also some poor soul's thinking out loud, "If I could only 
be sure that death would end everything, I'd be glad to die." 
Someone has said, "The devil has no happy old people." 

Brethren used to pray for a peaceful hour in which to die, also 
that their last days would be their best. 

The Bible is the Christian's standby in old age. It's truth in Jesus 
is written upon the "tables of the heart," and is designed for our 
comfort in our last days. We will not wait for the end to avail our- 
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membrance the power of the Gospel in our past life, in these last 
fleeting days on earth. 

We do well to cultivate our best memories and to search them for 
Holy Spirit revealings and teachings. There is much to be 
remembered and by remembering to help us to live each day to its 
fullest. 

Much of teaching and of learning is accomplished by repetition. 
Jesus' words are "spirit and they are life." In their daily 
remembrance we can still be experiencing and living new 
memories to put with the older ones. 

Love is the greatest abiding factor of life, and first love is most 
precious. Christian parental love is a treasure beyond words to 
express. But the dearest and best is always the new first love for 
Christ, and with it a gift for serving Him. 

"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." Rom. 
11:29. Their bestowal leads to lowly, lowly paths of service. One 
older Christian, now gone, confided, "I always liked to shovel, and 
raised my family that way." Another, "I always liked to wash 
dishes." There is no honest labor, no matter how lowly, that cannot 
be faithfully done to God's glory. And if indeed called to some 
ministry of the Word, if only to small children, God's blessing will 
follow this gift when STIRRED up to use. 

With Paul's call to remembrance, there was also a call to stir up 
the gift of God. Can chis be done in old age? The gift was given to 
fill and to meet a need. In possession of the gift, we were shown the 
need. We ask ourselves, "Is there still this need? What does the 
Holy Spirit bring to mind of human need? Are we still ready to 
follow His leading? Old Age must not retire from Bible teaching 
and Holy Spirit control." 

There is still work to be done in our area of the vineyard of the 
Lord. A living witness to our Lord must continue until life's end. 

If unable in body, may we be inclined to pray about it. The 
greatest need of every human is for salvation of the soul. Near and 
dear ones come to mind; neighbors and friends. As the Holy Spirit 
leads, let us pray. Our own old age will be sweetened as we 
remember to stir up this gift of God. 

Your Brother in Christ 
James D. Cover 

• •••••• 

We dishonor God's name when we call Him our Father but act 
like orphans. 



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CULTS 

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 

Christian Science, founded by Mary Baker Eddy, is an affront to 
the conservative Christian. It is not involved in preaching the 
Gospel of Christ and denys the existence of evil, sin, sickness, and 
even death itself. The average Christian Science member need not 
repent from sin. He can remain oblivious to the faith of the blood of 
the Lamb, which Mrs. Eddy discounted entirely in its usual Biblical 
application. Their theology prohibits acceptance of the vicarious 
atonement of our Lord and denies eternal retribution for those who 
reject Christ as the Lamb of God. This cult is growing rapidly and 
is one of the most dedicated enemies of the traditional Christian 
faith. 

The founder of this organization was a three-time-loser in 
marriage. It was one of Mrs. Eddy's associates, Phineas Quimby, 
who came up with the basic principles upon which she built her 
faith. "Dr. Quimby was for many years a professional mesmerist 
before he became interested in using hypnosis and suggestion for 
curing certain diseases. He was the one who coined the terms, 
"Christian Science" and "the science of the Christ." 

As is typical in all cults, its leader Mrs. Eddy made a lot of money 
from her church. She used almost none of it for charitable causes. 

One of Mrs. Eddy's Chairmen of the Publication Committee of 
the church and President of the Mother Church in Boston swore 
under oath that he didn't know of any healing ever having been 
done by her. Additional reports document the fact that she never 
healed as she claimed, could not heal medically diagnosed, 
organic diseases when challenged, and never dared to put her 
"powers" to an open test. To top this off, she had medical care, 
both doctors and dentists, herself in her later years and utilized 
morphine as a painkiller for her various "attacks." 

The Bible clearly teaches us that Satan's emissaries can 
duplicate miracles. Could this be happening with this group? 
Certainly a religion that denies both the authority of the Scriptures 
and the deity of Christ is not inspired by God. 

The following quotes from Christian Science materials will 
further relate their basic beliefs. 1. Relative to Genesis 2:7, they 
write "... Is it the truth? Or is it a lie, concerning man and God? It 
must be the latter..." 2. The theory of three persons in one God 
suggests heathen gods, rather than the one ever-present I AM. 

3. "God equals Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind." 

4. On the Virgin Birth of Christ, "A portion of God could not enter 
corporeal mortal man; neither could His feelings be reflected by 
Him, or God would be manifestly finite, lose the deific character, 



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and become less than God." 5. "A mere request that God will heal 
the sick has no power to gain more of the divine presence than is 
always at hand," they say to counter the Doctrine of Miracles. 
6. On the Atonement, "The material blood of Jesus was no more 
effecacious to cleanse from sin when it was shed upon the 
accursed tree than when it was flowing in His veins, as He went 
daily..." 7. "His disciples believed Jesus dead while He was hiding 
in the sepulchre, whereas He was alive..." 8. On the Ascension, 
"As the reward for His faithfulness He would disappear to material 
sense, in that change which has since been called the Ascension." 
9. "There was never a moment in which evil was real" is said of 
Satan. 10. Is Heaven for real? They say, "Heaven is harmony... 
infinite bliss... Heaven is the reign of Divine Science." 11. They 
go on, "Man as God's idea is already saved with an everlasting 
salvation", "Man originated not from dust, materially, but from 
Spirit, spiritually", and so forth. 

Again, we can counter these untruths with the Bible: On the 
authority of the scriptures: II Tim. 3:16, John 10:35, Matthew 24:35. 
On the Doctrine of Sin: Romans 3:23, I John 1:10. The Trinity and 
the Death of Christ: Revelation 1:7, 8, 16; John 1:1. The Personality 
of the Holy Spirit: Luke 12:12; Acts 13:2. The Virgin Birth and 
Miracles of Jesus: Mark 1:32-34; Luke 1:30-38. The Atonement, 
Death and Resurrection of Christ: Matthew 26:28; Colossians 1:20; 
Romans 5:6-8. The Doctrine of Eternal Retribution: Matthew 13:42, 
50; Luke 3:17. The Doctrine of Christian Prayer: Philippians 4:6; 
Luke 18:1; I Thess. 5:17. These are but a few scriptures that 
document the real truth and will help you to refute Christian 
Science. Memorize them and defend the Gospel. The Bible 
teaches us that the "doctrine of demons" will multiply in the last 
times and this is sound evidence indeed that the coming of our 
Lord draws nigh. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



THE WILL OF GOD 

In the Lord's prayer, we pray, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in 
heaven." Is this what we are seeking and laboring for? Have we 
whole heartly accepted the holy will of God? "And be not 
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of 
your mind and prove what is that good, and acceptable, and 
perfect, will of God." Christ-said, "Not my will but thine be done." 

"And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to 
be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have 
found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which 
shall fulfill all my will." Acts 13:22. "And when he would not be 



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persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done." Acts 
21:14. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, 
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." John 7:17. 
"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of 
the Lord is." Eph. 5:17. 

It is God's will that we be true and honest and separate from the 
evil fashions of the world, abstaining from all appearance of evil 
and sinful lusts. If we make any changes it should be for the better, 
growing in the grace and knowledge of our Saviour. "For God hath 
put into their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their 
kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." 
Rev. 17:17. "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is 
written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Then said he, Lo, I come to do 
thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the 
second." Heb. 10:7, 9. 

Christians have renounced Satan with all the sinful pleasures of 
the world. "For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put 
to silence the ignorance of foolish men." I Pet. 2:15. "Not with eye 
service, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the 
will of God from the heart." Eph. 6:6. "Even so it is not the will of 
your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should 
perish." Matt. 18:14. When facing crucifixion, Christ said, "Father, 
if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my 
will, but thine be done." 

"Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of 
the will of man, but of God." John 1:13. "I can of mine own self do 
nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek 
not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." 
John 5:30. Do we realize that by ourselves we can do nothing but 
through His will we can be victorious? 

Christ was willing in all things that God's will be done. "And the 
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will 
of God abideth forever." I John 2:17. Our determination should be 
for the better. If we draw nigh unto the Lord, He will draw nigh unto 
us. Are we laboring for a Church, as Christ wants it, without 
blemish not having spot or wrinkle? We believe in being separate 
from the world and not going back and uniting with the fashions of 
the world. God is calling for a separate people. "Not with eye- 
service, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the 
will of God from the heart. Eph. 6:6. To please God our robes must 
be washed and be made white in the blood of the Lamb. "For this 
cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for 
you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his 
will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." Col. 1:9. 



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Christ, our great Teacher, taught by example and precept. By 
following His doctrine, we can be true to God's will. "For I came 
down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that 
sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all 
which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it 
up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that 
every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have 
everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:38- 
40. 

As we have referred to various writers of the saving Gospel of 
Truth and Righteousness, it should be our aim and desire for 
perfection in this life. "For ye have need of patience that, after ye 
have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." Heb. 
10:36. Our duty is to be faithful and true to God's will always. 
"Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you 
that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to 
whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Heb. 13:21. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R. 9, Box 860 
Plant City, Florida 33566 

NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Grandview Congregation will hold their Spring Lovefeast 
meeting, April 28 and 29 with the Lovefeast on Saturday evening. 
Services on Sunday also. 
Come worship with us and enjoy sweet fellowship together. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 
MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Mechanicsburg Dunkard Brethren Church plans to hold 
revival from May 6 to 13, 1979 with Brother Berton Smith as our 
evangelist. Pray for us that we may enjoy victory in the camp. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Lord willing we are planning to have our Spring Lovefeast 
service on Sunday, May 6. All are invited to come and enjoy the 
day with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 

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OBITUARY 

ROBERT HEARN 

Bro. Robert M. Hearn, born December 10, 1944, the son of the 
late Sis. Fannie Hearn and R. Elwood Hearn, died at the age of 34 
years and 1 month. He was killed in a construction accident 
January 10, 1979. The bulldozer he was unloading from a lowboy 
trailer slid off and he was pinned against a tree. 

He is survived by his wife, Wanda (Longenecker) Hearn and four 
children, sons, Terry and Barry and daughters, Kelly and Tammy. 
He also is survived by his father, R. Elwood Hearn of Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania; one brother Fred, of Richland, Pennsylvania; four 
sisters, Fay Ankerbrand of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; Mable 
Degler of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania; and Wanda and Wilma of 
Mohrsville, Pennsylvania. 

He united with the Dunkard Brethren Church at the age of 
sixteen and at the time of death was a member of the Bethel 
Congregation. 

Funeral services were held in the Frystown Dunkard Brethren 
Church, January 14, to a large audience of friends and relatives. 
Services were in charge of Elders James Kegerreis and Laverne 
Keeney. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery. 

WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU! 

When I must leave you 

for a little while, 
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears 

And hug your sorrow 
to you through the years, 

But start out bravely 
with a gallant smile; 

And for my sake and in my name 
Live on and do all things the same. 

Feed not your loneliness 
on empty days, 
But fill each waking hour in useful ways, 

Reach out your hand 
in comfort and in cheer 

And I in turn will comfort you 
and hold you near; 
And never, never be afraid to die, 

For I am waiting 

for you in the sky! 

Helen Steiner Rice 



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We wish to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreci- 
ation for all the cards, acts of kindness, love gifts and most of all 
the prayers of all who remembered us during this sudden time of 
sorrow. We trust by some way we might all realize the brevity of life 
and commit our will to the ways of the Lord. It seems there are 
such trying times that lie ahead of us. We believe by faith and a 
continuation of prayers by our beloved Sisters and Brethren that 
again the sun may shine. 

Though life will never be the same here on this earth, we look 
forward to meeting our beloved companion when we meet on 
Yonder Shore. We ask that you might continue to remember us in 
your prayers on the behalf of our small family. May God richly 
bless each one for the effort they have put forth. 

In Christian Love, 
Sister Wanda Hearn and Family 
The Hearn Family 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 1979 

May 6 — The Valley of Vision. Isaiah 22:1-25 (21:1-17). 

May 13 — MOTHER'S DAY. I Samuel 1:1-28. 

May 20 — Tyre. Isaiah 23:1-18 (24:1-23). 

May 27 — The Lord's Salvation. Isaiah 25:1-12; 21:1-19. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) What is the key of the house of David? Isa. 22:22. 

(2) What was the vow that Hannah made to the Lord? I Sam. 1:11. 
Did she keep it? I Sam. 1:24-28. 

(3) How long was Tyre to be forgotten? Isa. 23:15. 

(4) After the seventy years who is going to benefit from the 
merchandise of Tyre? Isa. 23:18. 

(5) In the day of the Lord what will His people say? Isa. 25:9. 
Do you think we are in that day? 

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It takes a lot of cheek to hold up a narrow mind. 
Apology is often a good way to have the last word. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MAY, 1979 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Gen. 9:2 
And the fear of you and the dread 
of you shall be upon every beast 
of the earth, and upon every fowl 
of the air, upon all that moveth 
upon the earth, and upon all the 
fishes of the sea; into your hands 
are they delivered. 

Tues. 1 - Gen. 9:1-17 

Wed. 2 - Gen. 14:1-24 

Thur. 3- Gen. 32:1-32 

Fri. 4- Gen. 37:1-30 

Sat. 5- Gen. 42:1-20 



Memory Verse: Gen. 14:20 
And blessed be the most high 
God which hath delivered thine 
enemies into thy hand. And he 
gave him tithes of all. 

Sun. 6 -Gen. 42:21-38 

Mon. 7 - Gen. 45:1-28 

Tues. 8- Ex. 2:1-25 

Wed. 9- Ex. 3:1-22 

Thur. 10- Ex. 5:1-23 

Fri. 11 - Ex. 12:1-30 

Sat. 12- Ex. 18:1-27 



Memory Verse: Gen. 45:7 
And God sent me before you to 
preserve you a posterity in the 
earth, and to save your lives by a 
great deliverance. 

Sun. 13- Ex. 23:20-33 

Mon. 14- Lev. 26:1-20 

Tues. 15- Lev. 26:21-46 

Wed. 16 -Num. 21:1-16 

Thur. 17- Num. 21:17-35 

Fri. 18- Num. 35:9-34 

Sat 19- Deut. 1:22-46 



Memory Verse: Ex. 18:9 
And Jethro rejoiced for all the 
goodness which the Lord had 
done to Israel, whom he had de- 
livered out of the hand of the 
Egyptians. 

Sun. 20- Deut. 2:16-37 

Mon. 21 - Deut. 3:1-29 

Tues. 22- Deut. 5:1-33 

Wed. 23- Deut. 9:1-29 

Thur. 24- Deut. 19:1-21 

Fri. 25 - Deut. 20:1-20 

Sat. 26- Deut. 31:1-30 



Memory Verse: Jos. 10:8 
And the Lord said unto Joshua, 
Fear them not: for I have de- 
livered them into thine hand; 
there shall not a man of them 
stand before thee. 

Sun. 27- Jos. 2:1-24 

Mon. 28- Jos. 7:1-26 

Tues. 29 - Jos. 8:1-29 

Wed. 30- Jos. 9:1-27 

Thur. 31 -Jos. 10:1-27 



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VOL. LVII 



MAY 1, 1979 



NO. 9 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



TO A YOUNG MOTHER 

You stand encircled by your little world: 
Your children close about you - keep them so, 

For swifter than the wind upon the hills 
The fleet years go. 

They are so small, their sensitive young minds 
Will photograph you as you are today. 

And, oh, to make a shining imprint there, 
Teach them to pray. 

Put the staff of faith within their hands. 
That later they may climb each rocky slope 

With ease, and give them courage for that climb, 
And give them hope. 

O dear young Mother, give your children Christ, 
And you will give them wealth beyond belief. 

Your children are about you now - make haste - 
The time is brief! 

- Grace Noll Crowell 



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ONE DAY A YEAR 

Mother's Day is an annual holiday with a very noble purpose. 
Mothers, whether living or dead, are worthy of our respect and 
honor on this day. The demands are great that children make 
upon their mother, even before their birth. At birth, mother must 
pass very near the "valley of the shadow of death," to bring the new 
life into the world. Her days and often her nights are devoted to the 
care of her family. Her help and advice are continually needed. Her 
services are in demand even after the family have left the parental 
home. 

These duties are true of all mothers generally. In the Christian 
home, the mother has even greater duties and opportunities. A 
mother has great opportunities to teach and train her children the 
values and practice of the Christian life. Although all mothers are 
worthy of their families' honor, the Christian mother is doubly 
deserving. She is preparing her family not only for the few short 
years of this life but also for Eternity. A mother who has fulfilled 
her God-given task of physically and Spiritually training her family 
well deserves the little gifts and bouquets that will be given her this 
Mother's Day. 

Mother's Day, although it has been celebrated less than one 
hundred years, is established as one of a number of holidays set 
aside annually to honor special people or occasions. If these days 
bring forth an increased honor and respect for those intended, 
they have served their purpose. However, if these days, such as 
Mother's Day, Father's Day or Thanksgiving Day, become a 
substitute for daily fulfillment of our responsibilities then they may 

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have failed in their purpose. When one day is set aside to com- 
memorate such an occasion, there is the danger that we may come 
to feel that by giving gifts or expressing serious emotions on that 
day will relieve us of our responsibility throughout the year. 
Mother's Day is but one day of the year. Will Mother be ignored, 
disobeyed or uncared-for the other three hundred and sixty four 
days of the year? That is the danger we must guard against when 
regarding a special day like Mother's Day. 

In the Ten Commandments, God required that children would 
honor their parents. "Honor thy father and mother: that thy days 
may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." 
Ex. 20:12. Paul urges the command's fulfillment. "Children, obey 
your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and 
mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may 
be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Eph. 
6:1-3. Jesus warned that obedience must be from the heart. He 
spoke of the Pharisees, who were supposedly so careful about ful- 
filling the Law, yet who disregarded God's law through the 
establishment and exaltation of their own man-made traditions. 
They could speak of keeping all the law, including the Fifth Com- 
mandment but by their tradition they had effectively destroyed its 
observance. Their tradition allowed a son to make a gift to the 
Temple that would free him of any responsibility for his parents 
when they were in need. Jesus and Paul saw the goodness of 
God's commandment when carried out rightly. But a danger could 
be seen in observance of a man-made law that sought to lessen the 
God-given responsibility of the children. Is there a similar danger 
in these annual observances? May we, by observing this one day, 
lure ourselves into feeling less responsible other times? 

After the gifts given on Mother's Day have been used or set back 
and forgotten what will our attitude toward mother be? Will we be 
seeking other ways to serve and honor her? The greatest honor for 
a Christian mother is for her children to follow and serve the God 
she has taught them about. Their lives will not shame her but will 
be a glory not only to her but to others. A life that glorifies God will 
reflect honor upon mother, whether living or dead. 

This Mother's Day give mother the gift of your heart. Do not give 
her merely the gifts that are in the advertisements or featured in 
beautiful displays. Give her the gift of a godly life. In living that 
kind of life, you will be givmg mother more honor than in all the 
presents and flowers which often become substitutes for daily, 
faithful obedience and care. 

Give mother a living gift. A godly life will be putting a joy in her 
life as she beholds your service to God. It will also mean an 
everlasting life for you in the glories of Heaven. There you can be 



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with that mother who taught you about God and His plan of 
salvation. 

Make this Mother's Day more than one day a year. Make it a daily 
life that will be a joy to your Mother and your God. 

SKEPTICAL SARAH AND OTHERS 

The Bible contains the stories of many women; some who were 
mothers, others who were not. Let's just think for a few moments 
about several of them and see if we are like any of them. Some had 
good qualities; some had very bad ones. Decide for yourself which 
you are like and which you ought to be like. 

Envious Eve had everything beautiful and good at her disposal 
that she could possibly need, yet she wasn't satisfied. She looked, 
desired and then took of the forbidden fruit. She was envious in the 
sense that she coveted and took what was not hers. She started a 
chain of events which has brought sorrow to everyone. Have you 
ever done this? You were not satisfied with what God gave, so you 
took matters into your hands, then sorrow resulted. It pays to be 
careful and not go after everything that the Devil calls your 
attention to. 

Let's think next about Hopeful Hannah. Eli, the priest, misunder- 
stood the distress of her heart and thought she was drunken when 
she prayed silently. She told him that she was sorrowful and had 
unburdened her heart to the Lord. Hannah then stopped fasting 
and was no more sad. See Sam. 1:18. Her heart was now at peace 
and ready to wait for the Lord to grant her request. Note that she 
didn't reveal the contents of her prayer. Sometimes a need hurts 
too much to talk to anyone, except God, about. Hannah asked for a 
son, which she would give to the Lord. Her son was Samuel. He did 
serve the Lord, blessing the hearts of many people. What do you 
think would have happened if Hannah hadn't been hopeful and 
trusted the Lord completely? 

Skeptical Sarah had several problems. First of all, she got in a 
hurry to have a child, so she gave her maid to Abraham, to receive 
a child by her. That resulted in Hagar despising Sarah. Then when 
Sarah was told that she really would have a son of her own, she 
laughed. How could It be when she was so old? Besides this 
doubtful laughter, she denied that she had laughed! Certainly it 
would have seemed impossible to us, too, but we do need to 
believe God when He speaks to us, even if it does seem impossible. 
There was discord between the sons of these mothers and there 
still is between their descendants. It will save us and others so 
much trouble if we will just believe God and wait on Him. 

Harassed Hagar suffered much at Sarah's hand. See Gen. 16. 
Hagar despised Sarah. Then Sarah was so mean to her that Hagar 



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fled. Even though her attitude was wrong, God had compassion on 
Hagar. He talked with her and told her He would bless her. Hagar 
sorrowed again when Abraham made her and Ishmael both leave. 
It grieved Abraham to do this, because of his son, but it had to be. 
Whenever anyone interferes with God's will, it causes suffering, 
sometimes affecting many generations. The results of your 
actions seldom affect just you, so be careful what you do. 

Rahab, the harlot, became Rahab the Redeemed when she 
confessed that God is supreme in Heaven and earth and asked for 
mercy. The mercy promised to her became a reality when Jericho 
was destroyed. She expressed her faith in God by doing as the 
spies had instructed her. I believe that she received spiritual 
redemption, not just physical protection. See Josh. 2:11-14, 6:23- 
25. She apparently was the mother of Boaz, Ruth's husband (see 
Matt. 1:5). Rahab's life certainly hadn't been pleasing to God, but 
when she expressed faith in Him, He cleansed and used her. Our 
past is not our problem; it's what we do now before God that 
counts. 

Mixed-up Michal started out loving David, but later despised him 
(I Sam. 18:20, II Sam. 6:16). She saw David leaping and dancing 
before the Lord in worship and she despised him. Perhaps she 
didn't understand David's motives, but she shouldn't have 
criticized him. Because of her rebuke, she was childless (II Sam. 
6:23). We don't always understand others and it is wise to be 
thoughtful and considerate, rather than critical. Our greatest 
concern should be whether God is pleased or not, not whether 
someone pleases us. 

Mary, the mother of Jesus, had some special qualities which we 
all need. She was willing to be used by God; she believed He would 
keep His Word. There were lots of things that she didn't 
understand, but she didn't question God. She did think much 
about all that happened, considering or pondering what it all 
meant. To be faithful and submissive to God brings us peace and 
contentment. If we are always doubting and arguing, wanting to do 
things some other way, there will be no peace for us. 

There are others whose hearts were right with God, still others 
whose hearts had turned away from Him. Where do you fit in? "But 
one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part; which 
shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:42. Mary had chosen to 
listen to Jesus, and we need to. With Christ in our lives, we can 
then be all we should be, in whatever capacity we are serving Him. 
If you are right with God, stay that way. If you're not, seek Him 
now. Be as Mary and choose the good part - Jesus. He's all that 
you need. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE PEARL 

When Jesus was teaching the twelve Apostles, He spoke to them 
in parables. A parable is a simple explanation of truth, that they 
could understand. 

Matt. 13:45-46, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a 
merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found 
one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought 
it." May we consider the presiousness of the Pearl and how it is 
formed. 

In studying this valuable gem we learn that a tiny grain of sand 
has come into the shell of the oyster. It is a painful intruder. The 
oyster now begins to build layer upon layer of a plastic like, milky 
substance that covers the tiny grain of sand. This takes time and 
persistence. He does not give up the first day, or the second, or 
third. He must continue his work of patience, to rid himself of this 
intruder. By and by a pearl is made. It is a thing of wonderous 
beauty. 

The merchantman when seeking goodly pearls knew the value of 
a real pearl. It is costly. He sold all that he had to buy it. 

The True Church is this Pearl of Great Price. Jesus gave His life, 
dying on the Cross, to purchase our redemption. He made the 
supreme sacrrfice, with great pain and suffering that He might 
purchase unto Himself this Pearl of Great Price, The Church. May 
we honour and glorify our Lord. 

Sister Sylvia E. Parker 
5290 W. St. Rt. 718, 
Troy, Ohio 45373 

TIME 

Psalms 34:1, "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall 
continually be in my mouth." 

Time. 

It hangs heavy for the bored, eludes the busy, flies by for the 
young, and runs out for the aged. 

Time. 

We talk about it as though it is a manufactured commodity that 
some can afford, others cannot, some can reproduce, others 
waste. 

We crave it. We hate it. We kill it. We abuse it. Is it a friend? Or an 
enemy? I suspect we know very little about it. To know it at all and 
its potential, perhaps we should view it through a child's eyes. 



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"When I was young, Daddy was going to throw me up in the air 
and catch me and I would giggle until I couldn't giggle any more, 
but he had to go to work and there wasn't time." 

"When I was young, Mama was going to read me a story and I 
was going to turn the pages and pretend I could read, but she had 
to wax the kitchen floor and there wasn't time." 

"When I was young, Daddy was going to show me how to make a 
bird house out of wood, but he had an appointment to have his car 
tuned up and it took longer than he thought and there was no 
time." 

"When I was young, Grandma and Grandpa were going to come 
for Christmas to see the expression on my face when I got my first 
bike, but Grandma didn't know who she could get to feed the dogs 
and Grandpa didn't like the cold weather, and besides, they didn't 
have the time." 

"When I was young, my Mama was going to listen to me read my 
essay on "What I Want to be When I Grow Up," but she was in the 
middle of reading, "Little House on the Prarie," which was one of 
her favorites and there wasn't time." 

"When I was young, my sister was going to build blocks with me, 
but she always said, 'wait a minute' and soon she was off doing 
something else and forgot that she did have time." 

"When I was older, Dad and I were going fishing one weekend, 
just the two of us, and we were going to pitch a tent and fry fish 
with the heads on them like they do in the flashlight ads, but atthe 
last minute he had to fertilize the grass and there wasn't time." 

"When I grew up and left home to be married, I was going to sit 
down with Mom and Dad and tell them 1 loved them and I would 
miss them. But Hank (my best man) was honking the horn in front 
of the house, so there wasn't time. 

Selected and Revised 

How do we value our time? Do we take time for God, for His 
Word, for teaching our children right from wrong? Do we have time 
to play ball with daughter and build blocks for baby brother? Do 
we have time to show the children a pretty butterfly and tie their 
shoe? 

Take time NOW to tell a friend that you value their friendship of 
love and all they have done for you. Proverbs 17:17a, "A friend 
loveth at all times." 

Tomorrow's time you may never see so value your time today. 

Psalms 62:8, "Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your 
heart before him: God is a refuge for us." 

Sister Shirley Frick 



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TO MY GROWN-UP SON 

My hands were busy through the day; 

I didn't have much time to play 

The little games you asked me to. 

I didn't have much time for you. 

Td wash your clothes, I'd sew and cook, 

But when you'd bring your picture book 

And ask me please to share your fun 

I'd say: "A little later, son." 

I'd tuck you in all safe at night 

And hear your prayers, turn out the light, 

The tip-toe softly to the door... 

I wish I'd stayed a minute more. 

For life is short, the years rush past... 

A little boy grows up so fast. 

No longer is he at your side 

His precious secrets to confide. 

The picture books are put away, 

There are no longer games to play. 

No good-night kiss, no prayers to hear... 

That all belongs to yesteryear. 

My hands, once busy, now are still. 

The days are long and hard to fill. 

I wish I could go back and do 

The little things you asked me to. 

Selected by Sister Mary Keller 

CULTS 

THE BAHA'I 

The Baha'i cult started in Persia about 1844. It is the first in this 
series of articles that is of foreign origin. It was started by Mirza AM 
Muhammad, who was murdered by irate Mohammedans in 1850. 
He believed himself to be one of the great religious leaders of the 
world. Modern BahaVism still considers him a great religious 
leader but he has been replaced by Baha'u'llah, his messianic 
successor. Baha'u'llah declared that he was the one prophesied by 
the "Bab" thirteen years earlier to be the "chosen of God", "the 
promised one of all the prophets." 

Baha'i faith is a worldwide religious organization that continues 
to teach in the tradition of Baha'u'llah. It is active in fifty countries 
and has a membership of over a million followers. It claims to be 
the unifier of all religions. The Baha'i temple near Chicago 
contains the enshrined nine great religious leaders of the world. 
These include Moses, Christ, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, 



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and so forth (and of course Baha'u'llah!) The Lord Jesus being 
relegated to being just another teacher in a collection of nine is put 
down on a level that is carnal and in direct contradiction to the 
Scriptures which read, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the 
Godhead bodily." Col. 2:9. 

Baha'ism is satisfied to embrace all the religions of the world so 
as to amalgamate their moral and ethical teachings, while also 
recognizing the credibility of their prophets. John 3:16tells us that 
Christ is the "ONLY begotten..." 

In this religion God becomes an impersonal force, a being 
devoid of personality who is only the sum total of all goodness. 
They deny the doctrine of sin and say that no man is bad or evil. 
There is nothing that a true Christian can have in common with 
Baha'i. They catagorically reject: the absolute authority of the 
Bible, the doctrine of the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, 
the vicarious atoning death of our Lord, the physical resurrection 
of Christ, His visible second coming to judge the world, and so 
forth. 

Baha'ism has cloaked itself with Western terminology and 
imitates some Christian forms and ceremonies so as to appeal to 
the Western mind. 

We can once again refute this cult with the true knowledge of 
Bible teaching. We need to know the "wonderful words of life" well 
so we can witness faithfully for Christ. 

Our country has become a battleground so far as cults are 
concerned, with new ones springing up each year. Many of these 
draw heavily on Oriental sources. We must become familiar with 
these spreading delusions so we can have a powerful testimony for 
the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom ALONE is eternal 
life. In Him only can the world find the peace for which it is 
seeking. 

Remember, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but 
the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

OUT OF THE ARK OF SAFETY 

There are today many out of the ark of safety. No one knows 
when the Dear Lord will come to claim His chosen ones, who have 
been born again. They have clean bodies, for all their sins were 
blotted out in that cleansing stream. They are striving to do His 
will, working to bring the lost to Christ. 

There are two classes who are out of the ark of safety. The first 
are those who have never come to know Him. They don't realize 
how much they are missing in this life, for it is short compared to 
the life hereafter. Jesus offers so much. 



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Dear ones, won't you come while He is pleading and the door Is 
still open. Accept His plan of Salvation and have your names 
recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life, from whence no one can 
remove it. It will remain there as long as you are true to the Lord. 

Come and work with the true believers. They are a body of 
people who love the Lord and are out in His vineyard working to 
bring the lost to Him. There is so much work to do. The harvest is 
at hand. The fields are white. The laborers are few. The Lord needs 
you to go out and help glean the golden grain. 

Those of you that are still away from Christ, did you ever stop for 
one moment when you know he is knocking at the door of your 
heart and almost think that he is calling your name? He loves every 
one. He is your friend and mine. He is a wonderful Savior. Is Jesus 
your Lord? 

He suffered so much on that cruel cross for your soul and mine. 
He came to rescue you and all, who are willing to give Him a place 
in their lives. Jesus rejoices when one soul comes to Him. I am sure 
there would be a lot of rejoicing in Heaven if each of us were able 
only to win our own children to the Lord. 

If you will let Him into your life you will become a new creature. 
As you throw away the things you once loved and start on this new 
life, you will now be a clean soul before the Lord. This will be a new 
beginning for you, keep your life pure, work for the saving of souls 
and in the end a Home in Heaven. 

Now the second class who are out of this ark of safety, are those 
who have been in the ark of safety but have gone back into the 
world of sin and woe. This is a very sad thing. Once they had come 
to the Lord, had gone down into that baptismal water, had had 
their sins forgiven and had made a promise before God and those 
present to live faithful unto death. 

At that time you became a worker in the Lord's vineyard helping 
to win others for Him. Just now as you read this, will you stop and 
ask yourself the question, "Just why did I go back out into the 
world of sin?" You left those of like precious faith for this life, 
which does not satisfy, and has no hope for a life hereafter, only 
the few pleasures you feel you receive here. 

There still is a chance for you dear ones if you are only willing to 
humble yourselves and come back to your blessed Savior, before 
the door is closed. Repent and go to the Lord in prayer and ask 
Him to forgive you. If you are sincere, He will forgive and receive 
you back into the ark of safety, where you again can work for Him. 

Dear Husband if you have gone back into the world, you are not 
only responsible for your own soul. Remember, if the children are 
still at home, then you are responsible before God for leading them 
back into the world. 



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In closing, I want to leave a few lines with you about a true story 
of two brothers. One was a wonderful, Christian man but the other 
one was out in the world, living in sin. A Revival was going on in the 
Church. The first pleaded with his brother to go along. But he said, 
"Brother Dear, not tonight, but I will promise you to go tomorrow 
night. Give me just this one more night with the gang." But to- 
morrow never came. He was gone. As the brother stood at his 
casket, weeping, over and over, he could hear these words, 
"Tomorrow night." Don't turn the Savior away. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

PART 7 

The Fifth Dispensation is the Dispensation of Law. God's Law 
was given to the children of Israel, through Moses. His Covenant, 
known as the Old Testament, was given to a special people. The 
length of this Dispensation extended from the Exodus to Christ, a 
period of approximately one thousand four hundred ninety years. 

At the close of the fourth Dispensation, the Patriarch Jacob 
(Israel) called his sons together, offering his curses and blessings 
upon them. The greatest blessing he pronounced upon any one of 
them, was his blessing upon Judah, Gen. 49:8-10, "Judah, thou are 
he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of 
thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. 
Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he 
stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as on old lion; who shall 
rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law- 
giver from tDetween his feet, until Shiloh come (meaning Jesus); 
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." 

Moses prophesied of Shiloh, as stated by Stephen, the first 
Christian martyr, in that wonderful message given by him, as 
recorded in Acts 7:37, "This is that Moses, which said unto the 
children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto 
you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear." Through the 
seed of Judah was to come the promised "Redeemer," offered to 
the world. Jesus Christ the Son of God, was Israel's promised 
"Messiah." We believe the salvation of the human race through His 
own Son to be the Divine purpose of God, from the beginning of 
the creation of the world. 

We learn that, at the beginning of this Dispensation, God had 
changed Jacob's name to Israel. The children of Israel had greatly 
multiplied at that time and were oppressed by a new king. They 
were under great bondage and were made to cry out to the Lord. 
This new king made a decree that all their male children should be 



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destroyed. Ex. 1:21-22; Ex. 1:8. In the previous Dispensations, it 
seems God had allowed man to govern himself on the earth. He 
now sets about to organize a commonwealth, with laws and 
regulations and with a visible system of worship. 

Also God provided a "Deliverer" for them through His servant 
Moses. God came to Moses, tested him and sent him to deliver 
Israel out of their bondage. Pharaoh was obstinate. He did not 
want to let them go. God also proved Moses and chose his brother 
Aaron to help him. He revealed the Covenant to him, which He had 
made to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, who were the fathers 
before Moses. Not only did he reveal to him His Covenant with the 
fathers, but He made a special Covenant with the children of Israel. 
It was a Covenant of Law and Works, which we recognize as the 
"Old Law," which was done away In Christ. 

Let us study this Covenant which He gave to the children of 
Israel, His chosen people. First He points out to Moses His 
Covenant with the fathers. Ex. 6:2-8, "And God spake unto Moses, 
and said unto him, I am the Lord: And I appeared unto Abraham, 
unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by 
my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them, And I have also 
established my covenant with them, to give them the land of 
Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. 
And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom 
the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my 
covenant. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord, 
and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians! 
and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a 
stretched out arm, and with great judgments; And I will take you to 
me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I 
am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the 
burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, 
concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, 
and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage; I am the Lord." 
Here God confirms His Everlasting Covenant to Israel, in regard to 
their earthly possession and heritage. However, He also made with 
them a special Covenant, a Spiritual inheritance, which would also 
be everlasting, through their seed. 

This special covenant was their Law, the Law of the Old 
Testament, which was fulfilled by Christ and vanished away. This 
is a doctrine which perplexes (many will not accept it, yet today) 
those who would follow the Ten Commandments for salvation. 
Yes, there are those, and not a few, who preach and profess that 
we must keep the Law and the Ten Commandments to be saved in 
this Christian Dispensation, going back to the Old Testament for 
salvation. For instance, Sabbatarians do not like to discuss this 
subject. They try to change the subject and avoid the question. 



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Why? It is because they cannot find Scripture, that tells what the 
Old Covenant is, which does not condemn their practice. 

No Bible scholar should deny the fact that there are two 
principal Covenants, the Old and the New, taught in the Bible. 
Also, we know that God's prophet Jeremiah foretold the coming of 
the New Covenant, the New Testament. Jer. 31:31-32, "Behold, the 
days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the 
house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the 
covenant that I made with their fathers In the day that I took them 
by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my 
covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith 
the Lord." To be continued 

Brother William Root 

SING OF SPRING 

The sun has turned the corner now 
And runs upon its yellow feet, 
Steaming horses pull the plow. 
And every breeze Is blossom sweet. 

The robin sings of winter healed, 
The grass blades lift a golden tongue, 
And, oh, that I like bird or field 
Could carol while the year is young. 

May heaven give me wit, I pray. 

To join this canticle of May, 

The brightest music ever heard, 

Arising now from field and bird 

And soaring high above the past. 

To reach the ear of God at last. 
- Herbert Merrill 
Selected by Sister Ruby Sowers 

OBITUARY 

RUTH KING 

Sister Ruth C. King was born May 25, 1897 in Rouzerville, 
Pennsylvania and departed this life in the Waynesboro, Pennsyl- 
vania Hospital on January 13, 1979. 

Her husband, Brother Norman King preceeded her in death on 
April 14, 1976. 

She was a member of the Waynesboro Dunkard Brethren 
Church for many years. Funeral services were held January 17, 
1979 at the Waynesboro Dunkard Brethren Church by Elders 
James Kegerreis, Jacob Ness and Frank Shaffer. Final resting 
place was at Price's Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Waynes- 
boro, Pennsylvania. 



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MOTHER 

It seemed we scarcely knew her 

In her many years on earth, 
Nor realized 'til she had gone, 

Her wondrous woman's worth. 
Too much she gave, too freely toiled 

For others, all the while; 
Too much we blindly let her give — 

Forgetting thanks or smile. 
Now looking back across the years, 

Our hearts are wrung with pain, 
Remembering the price she paid, 
That we - her own - might gain; 
She placed no price upon her deeds — 

Love prompted every one; 
We simply knew she filled our needs, 

Until her work was done. 
Those toil-worn hands had never meant 

So much to us, until. 
Upon her quiet breast they lay, 

So white, so cold and still; 
What service they had done for us 

We never paused to say, 
Until we missed their ministry — 

When she had gone away. 
The thin gray hair upon her brow 

Was like a halo light, 
But we had never known it — 

Till she went away that night; 
We longed to tell our love, at last, 

And how we held her dear, 
But, oh, that hour had glided past — 

Our words she could not hear! 
Heart-breaking tears! At last we saw, 

With vision clear and bright, 
The beauties of that noble soul 

Who went away that night; 
With aching hearts we knew, too late, 

There never was another 
So fine and true the whole way thru 

As she whom we called — MOTHER. 

Selected by Brother Lester Flora 



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NEWS ITEMS 

1979 GENERAL CONFERENCE DIRECTIONS 

The 1979 Dunkard Brethren General Conference will be held at 
Mission Springs Conference Grounds near Santa Cruz, California, 
June 2-6. 

From Santa Cruz go 3V2 miles north on Route 17 to Mt. Hermon 
Road (turn right at Big Basin sign and cross freeway, Route 17.) 
Go 1V2 miles on Mt. Hermon Road. Turn right on Lockhart Gulch 
Road and go 1 mile to Mission Springs Conference Grounds. From 
Los Gatos go south ^5V2 miles on Route 17 to Mt. Hermon Road. 
Turn right and proceed as above. 

For those coming by bus (Greyhound or Peerless) get off at 
Camp Evers and phone 335-4280 for transportation to Conference 
Grounds. 

If you come by plane or train be sure to make your own arrange- 
ments with members and friends for pick-up when you arrive. San 
Jose is the nearest airport and depot. 

All blankets, linens, towels, washcloths, and soap will be 
furnished. 

Send your reservations to: Brother Rudy Cover, 2034 Robie Ave., 
Modesto, California 95351 or Brother Henry Walker, 12413 
Delaware Road, Hickman, California 95323. 



WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Lovefeast services at West Fulton will be on 
Saturday, May 19. There will be services during the day. Com- 
munion in the evening, services on Sunday. 

You are invited to attend these services. 

Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 



CARD OF THANKS 

I wish to thank all those who remembered me since I fell and 
broke my shoulder. I thank the Good Lord I again have the use of 
my arm and hand. Thanks so much for the prayers, cards, scrap- 
book, sunshine boxes, and other gifts. Also for your visits. I can 
only thank you, but May God Bless You! 

I moved to my new home March 14. My address is Green Acres, 
R 6, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. 

Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

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RELIEF BOARD 

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R. 1 

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Box 188 

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1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
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R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
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Quinter, Kansas 67752 
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VOL. LVII 



MAY 15, 1979 



NO. 10 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant ainn to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH 

Up and onward, Christian soldier, 
Hear thy Lord's divine command; 
Be thou ready when He calls thee 
In the foremost ranks to stand. 

Up and onward, Christian soldier, 
To the conflict and the strife; 
God will test thy zeal and courage. 
Ere thou enter into life. 

Up and onward, be not weary. 
Do not lay thy armor down. 
Thou must fight the battle bravely, 
Ere thy soul can wear a crown. 

Up and onward, firm and fearless, 

Like the vet'rans of the past; 

Then, thro' Him whose grace redeems thee. 

Thou Shalt overcome at last. 

— Sallie Martin 



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ENCOURAGEMENT 

Elijah felt discouraged because he thought he was the last 
person left who served God. Although the power of God had just 
recently been displayed when the prophets of Baal had been 
bested, he had fled when Jezebel threatened to slay him. Alone, 
afraid and discouraged, he asked God to take his life. Contrary to 
Elijah's wish, God did not take his life. Instead He strengthened 
him by telling him that there was yet a remnant, who had not 
worshipped Baal. Elijah could take heart for he was not really 
alone. This was soon confirmed to him when he met Elisha who 
was willing to serve God. Now Elijah knew for sure that he was not 
alone. He could have fellowship. 

We often have feelings comparable to Elijah's. We feel alone and 
discouraged. As we see a world of darkness and sin around us we 
wonder if there are any others who have a sincere desire to 
worship and serve God according to the Bible's precepts. We 
perhaps feel we may be the very last true believer. Like Elijah we 
need encouragement. 

Elijah had been used by God to gain a victory over the prophets 
of Baal yet he became discouraged. Do we ever wonder if it pays to 
do what is right when we see the advancement of the unjust and 
deceitful? Elijah had questioned why the people halted between 
two ways. Now it appeared to him that the forces of evil were 
completely overwhelming him. He wanted to die; he didn't want to 
be God's spokesman anymore. God encouraged him through the 
knowledge of His remnant. 

One of the greatest encouragem ents in the Christian life is being 

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with others who are serving God. For Christians, Lovefeasts, 
District Meetings and General Conference provide opportunities 
for being encouraged. When Brethren assemble, they are 
encouraged to know that there are others who worship and serve 
God in the same manner. When we feel like Elijah, it is good to find 
an "Elisha" who has the same beliefs and practices as ourselves. In 
being together each is strengthened and encouraged to continue 
in the Christian walk of life. 

We find the encouragement of fellowship not only in special 
meetings but also in the regular appointments of each congre- 
gation. There we find a weekly reminder that there are others 
willing to be separate from the world. These frequent meetings let 
us know others have the desire to serve consistantly by their faith- 
ful attendance at these regular services. We are warned to not 
forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Very few things 
should ever interfere to keep us from the Church's appointments. It 
is not only for our own good that we should attend regularly. Our 
attendance will be an encouragement to others who are there. If 
we do not feel our responsibility, others may decide to follow our 
poor example. The result will soon be the decline and perhaps 
even dispersal of the whole congregation. 

We live in an age devoted to self. Everyone is encouraged to look 
out, at whatever cost, for himself, to assert himself and to take 
advantage wherever possible in order to get ahead. As the children 
of God, our concerns are to be first for God and then others, 
especially those of the household of faith. Part of our duty toward 
others lies in our responsibility not only for their physical but also 
their Spiritual welfare. This may inconvenience us, but our incon- 
venience will be small compared to the price paid on Calvary. With 
the current uncertainties and high cost of travel it is easy to remain 
at home. But what is the value of our Christian committment if it 
does not demand sacrifice? We no longer depend on horses and 
oxen for our travel. Today we have many speedy means of 
transportation but it seems we are more reluctant to leave our 
homes in sacrifical. Spiritual service than were our ancestors of a 
century or two ago. 

Travel may be costly and inconvenient but there will be rewards 
attending the effort. There will be the joy of seeing those of like 
precious faith in another part of the Lord's moral vineyard. There 
will be the knowledge that they have been encouraged to continue 
on despite the moral darkness surrounding them. There will be a 
continuing witness as each congregation is encouraged to keep 
the Light burning. 



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Elijah was not alone although it appeared that way to him. We 
are not alone either. So we do not discourage ourselves, let us be 
willing to encourage others through our attendance at Lovefeasts, 
District Meetings, General Conference and most importantly at the 
regular appointments of our congregations. 



CRABS FOR SUPPER 

At an all day sewing session, several children were present. 
When it became nap time, one girl was not at all happy about it. 
She wasn't tired and she hadn't been naughty, so why should she 
have to lie down? She didn't sleep but talked instead, telling us 
about the company her family expected that evening. The one who 
had made all the little ones lie down asked if she could come for 
supper, too. Then she said, "She (the little girl) probably doesn't 
want me to come — an old crab like me." A few moments later, 
someone asked the little girl what they were having for supper, she 
then named several foods. After a thoughtful pause, she added, 
"and — crabs!" 

Needless to say, she had the details a little confused at that 
point, but I wonder — are we ever like her and have "crabs" for 
supper? No, they are not the kind you eat. They just sit at your 
table and grumble and growl and look irritable. You may have one 
or more of them living with you; maybe one of them is you. These 
crabs possibly have been crabs all day long. Somewhere along the 
line, the Christian spirit has been lost and an unpleasant spirit has 
taken over. Has this ever happened to you? 

"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of 
deadly poison." James 3:8. A crabby, unpleasant spirit is usually 
manifested by an equally unpleasant tongue. Too often it is 
directed at innocent people who become the victims of your sour 
attitude, your stinging (and unnecessary!) criticism. How often are 
you the crab that someone has for supper? Christians ought not to 
be crabs, whether it's for supper or at other times. Maybe a good 
look in the mirror — the mirror of God's Word — will help you to be 
pleasant and kind as you should be. 

What sort of spirit should a Christian have? I Pet. 3:4 says, "But 
let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not 
corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is 
in the sight of God of great price." A meek and quiet spirit does not 
have a biting tongue. Such a spirit does not pick others apart and 
complain about everything. This spirit radiates from within; it is not 
just a superficial thing to be turned on and off as it suits you. 
Having a meek and quiet spirit is evidence that the Holy Spirit is at 
work in your life. 



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"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious 
promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, 
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." II 
Pet. 1:4. This verse indicates that we can have a part of the divine 
nature. But isn't that asking alot of us, when we are not divine? A 
divine nature is not at all like our human nature. It is pure; it is 
directed by love. We can't have this purity and love on our own, but 
power is available to us through Christ so we can have the nature 
God wants us to have. The things that pertain unto life and godli- 
ness (see II Pet. 1:3) are the things which change our nature. Then 
these same things will give us the pleasant spirit that we should 
have. 

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, 
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, 
without partiality, and without hyprocrisy." James 3:17. This is the 
way we should communicate with others. No one should have to 
endure our bad moods and our unkindnesses. This verse indicates 
that being kind and considerate, honest and fair are marks of 
wisdom. There is no wisdom In being crabby and unkind, nor in 
being inconsiderate and selfish. 

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity 
vaunteth not itself, Is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself 
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no 
evil." 1 Cor. 13:4-5. As we would say it, love is longsuffering, kind, 
not envious. Love does not boast of self, nor does love put self up 
on a pedestal, from where others are viewed with a surly attitude. 
Love does not think that just because someone else is a part of the 
same household or Church that someone should put up with 
whatever mood one is in. Love definitely affects our conduct and 
our attitudes toward others. You simply cannot be a crab and really 
love. 

"For I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, 
and my God." Psa. 43:5b. Without the Lord, your countenance 
can't be what it should be, but with Him, you can have a thankful 
heart and spirit, plus a face to match it. "A merry heart maketh a 
cheerful countenance." Prov. 15:13a. "A merry heart doeth good 
like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Prov. 17:22. A 
merry heart is pleasant and cheerful; a broken spirit is probably a 
despondent one. Whichever you have, your face and actions will 
show it. Is your spirit a pleasant one or are you the crab that your 
family has for supper? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"AND HE HEALED THEM ALL" 

LUKE 6:17-19 

Nobody likes to be sick. I suppose about everyone has been sick 
at one time or another. Maybe you've had the measles, chicken 
pox, or the flu or just a bad cold. These are sicknesses that usually 
pass and we get well again. There are other diseases which 
doctors can't always heal. In Jesus' time people had leprosy, palsy, 
were born blind, deaf or couldn't talk. Many people were lame, 
some couldn't walk. I suppose many had cancer or tuberculosis or 
maybe polio. 

Jesus could heal anybody. It didn't make any difference whether 
they had leprosy, or were blind, deaf or cripples. Jesus could make 
them well again. It wasn't long till people began to talk about how 
Jesus could heal. They came to Jesus by the hundreds and the 
thousands. Wherever Jesus was, someone would know it and tell 
others. From the hills, the plains, the seashore and from the 
villages and towns, from every direction people came to Jesus. 
Those who were sick, crippled, or blind came to be healed; others 
just came to see what Jesus would do. He healed them all. 

The Bible says that the common people heard Him gladly. There 
were others, the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees, the rich and 
those who were in authority who didn't want to believe In Jesus. 
They thought that the Messiah would be a king, have lots of money 
and would make the nation of Israel rule the world like it did when 
Solomon was king. They put their own selfish interests first and 
didn't care about the sick, the blind, and crippled. 

Jesus loves everybody. It would be wonderful to see Jesus heal 
people. I suppose many times a worried mother would bring a sick 
child to Jesus — maybe one almost ready to die and Jesus would 
touch that little child and immediately it would be strong and well. 
How thankful the mother would be! No one ever went away sick 
from Jesus because the Bible says, "He healed them all." 

Jesus healed the sick in body so people would know He was the 
Son of God.. His real purpose was to heal the soul. Jesus died on a 
cruel cross so you and I could have our sins forgiven. He can make 
the sinner whole. He can heal YOUR soul if YOU will come to Him. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

• •••••• 

GOOD MEASURE— A man was once asked why he was so 
particular to give good measure, and he replied: "God has given 
me but one journey through this world; and when I am gone I 
cannot return to correct mistakes." 



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CULTS 

THE HARE-KRISHNA MOVEMENT 

In past articles, we have alluded to the fact that we are living in a 
day when many people are attempting to move beyond 
Christianity. Because of the myths of progress in vogue today, the 
word "beyond" has a certain appeal. Something that is forever 
fixed like TRUE Christianity seems in the minds of some to be 
stodgy and undynamic. In this age things must forever progress. 
The prevailing emotion of this civilization is not love or hate or 
anything so actlvistic; it is boredom. We demand new fascinations 
to feed our ever shortening spans of interest. I think this demand 
for new fascinations has led many to try to move beyond "the faith 
once delivered to the saints" to something newer and "more 
exciting." 

Many of you have probably seen the young people of the Hare 
Krishna movement on the street corners and at airports. Known as 
ISKON, the cult was founded by "his divine grace", Swami 
Probhupada, who first came to the United States in 1965. By 
October of 1966 this spiritual master (or guru) had established the 
Hindu cult of Krishna worship in New York City with the objective 
to promote "spiritual enlightenment" and to spread the pure love of 
god Krishna throughout Western society. 

The devotees of Krishna follow a traditionally ascetic Hindu life 
style that revolves around a network of fifty or so communes 
nationwide. They get their devotees by looking for young people 
who are seeking... seeking something they can hold on to. The 
group persuades the person that his or her parents represent a bad 
influence on their life. He then receives assurances from temple 
leaders that he would be sent someplace where his parents 
couldn't find him. As a neophyte devotee, he quickly learns the 
temple rules and is taught how to chant, how to participate in the 
temple ceremonies, how to prostrate himself before the statues of 
wood and marble, and how to adapt to the daily temple routine. 

Full membership in the cult is attained by stages. After a period 
of time, the member goes through the barer nama ceremony, then 
later the brahminical initiation. The second initiation involves 
receiving a sacred thread which is worn over the left shoulder and 
across the chest. They are given a secret mantra, the gayayri 
mantra, which is chanted three times each day. 

The ultimate objective of the Hare Krishna devotee is to be 
engaged in a life of loving service to Krishna. They use "prayer 
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Their primary daily activity is to participate in what is termed 
"sankirtana" or chanting and singing on the sidewalks. These daily 
excursions constitute a form of preaching but also it is a major 
means of soliciting donations. Some members are now wearing 
normal clothing as they find they can get larger donations that 
way. Each person brings in from sixty to one hundred dollars each 
day. Hare Krishna members have been known to solicit funds while 
dressed as Santa Glaus and the Easter bunny and many times tell 
people they are feeding the poor children of India. All the income 
goes to the organization and its leaders. 

After a full day of witnessing and solicitation, the devotees return 
to the temple about 6 P.M. and shower. Every time they come in 
from the streets, they shower! The statues of gods they use are 
bathed in rose water, honey, milk, and a small amount of cow's 
urine. After completing the ceremony, the devotees consider it an 
honor to drink the liquid. 

Perhaps more than anything else, the young people pursuing 
this, and other cults, are involved in a search for identity and a 
quest for sf)iritual reality that provides clear-cut answers to their 
questions. Coming to grips with one's identity has always been a 
part of adolescence but with the massive cultural and social 
changes that are a part of our world, the pressures are even 
greater. 

As conservative Christian adults, we have a big responsibility to 
provide leadership and concrete Bible answers to our questioning 
youth. Young people, LISTEN! Fight the good fight for Jesus 
Christ. By keeping Him foremost in your lives you can resist a 
Satan that is out to destroy you. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

THE WATERS OF LIFE 

There are some today who teach that the Bible CONTAINS the 
word of God instead of the truth that the Bible IS the Word of God. 
This causes me to think that the Bible is not the CONTAINER but 
the WATER OF LIFE. Rev. 22:17, "And the Spirit and the bride say. 
Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is 
athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life 
freely." Saying that the Bible is the water of life does not in any way 
negate the fact that Jesus Christ is the water of life. Just as you can 
not separate the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as being one 
in the mystery of the Trinity so you can not separate the written 
word from the Living Word. 

1 would like to think of the Bible as the RIVER of living water. 
Psalm 46:4, "There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad 
the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most high." 



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This River is available to everyone who desires to use it. It flows 
pure and deep and contains food for the hungry souls, a refreshing 
dip for those who are weary, and most important a cleansing for 
those filthy with sin. Ephesians 5:26, "That he might sanctify and 
cleanse it (the Church) with the washing of water by the word." 

Next I would like to think of Jesus Christ as the WELL of living 
water. John 4:14, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall 
give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall 
be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." It is in 
this area that many part ways in Bible understanding. While it is 
true that this Well is available for everyone, unlike the River, you 
can not get value from this Well without an effort on your part. 
Those who say this is working for your salvation do not under- 
stand the difference between human works and obedience to the 
leading of the Holy Spirit. There are two extreme schools of 
thought in this area, both wrong. There are those who teach that 
Jesus died for our sins and therefore there is nothing we can or 
must do. The other school of thought teaches that we work our 
way to Heaven by good deeds and clean living. The blood of Jesus 
Christ is the only remedy for sin and this is the only "key to 
Heaven" given by God. You can not supply the WELL, God has 
already taken care of that. But the well is useless unless you draw 
from it. You have to "let the bucket down" or "pump the handle." 
The Bible teaches we must repent and be baptized. Matt. 28:19, 
Mark 16:16, John 3:5. The apostles through the leading of the Holy 
Spirit taught the need of baptism. Acts 2:38, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:36- 
38, Acts 10:46, Acts 22:16, Rom. 6:3-4, Gal. 3:27, and Col. 2:12. 
(There are more.) Does this mean that WATER washes away our 
sins? Certainly not! Again there are certain things you can not 
separate, salvation and obedience are one of them. The word used 
in the original writings means to immerse, so there is only one right 
way to baptize. The question is often asked is it possible to be 
saved without baptism? It is my conviction that God does make 
exceptions when water baptism is impossible. Two instances I can 
think of are severe illness and being in prison. As for those who 
claim salvation without the desire of baptism I leave them in the 
hands of God. 

Last I would like to think of the Holy Spirit as a pouring out (like 
a refreshing rain) of water. Acts 2:17, "And it shall come to pass in 
the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh..." 
While the sinner can benefit from the pouring out, only the saved 
can enjoy its blessings in the fullest sense. God pours out His 
Spirit for three primary reasons. First to convict sinners of a need 
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to convince them of the truths in His Word and to give them the 
assurance of salvation. The third reason He sends His Spirit is to 
fill believers to enable them to perform special tasks and to take 
them through trials and suffering. John 16:13, "Howbelt when he, 
the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth..." John 
14:26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost..." Acts 4:31, 
"...and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the 
word of God with boldness." Just as we must have rain from time 
to time for plants to survive so we need to be filled with the Holy 
Spirit from time to time. It is Important that we do not confuse the 
GIFT of the Holy Spirit (a one time event unless you fall from 
grace) with the FILLING of the Holy Spirit (an event that takes 
place many times in the life of an obedient Christian). The gift of 
the Holy Spirit takes place at the time of conversion while the 
filling of the Holy Spirit takes place when special needs arise. 

Let us enrich our lives by going to the River (the Word of God) 
on a regular basis, by staying close to the Well (the Lord Jesus 
Christ), and by allowing the Pouring Out (the Holy Spirit) to guide, 
direct and bring us refreshment. 

James M. Hite 

816 East Birch Street 

Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 

THE CHRISTIArJ MOTHER! 

Mother's Day. The second Sunday of each May has been chosen 
for a day to show special honor, respect and remembrance to 
"Mothers." It is most likely the day Mothers receive more cards, 
flowers and maybe visits than any other day of the year. 

On May 10, 1913 a resolution passed the Senate and House of 
Representatives to make the second Sunday In May a public 
holiday in honor of Mothers. This idea was first started by Anna 
Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It occured to her, in re- 
membering her own mother's death, that a day dedicated to all 
mothers would be a beautiful gesture. She became the missionary 
of the idea and the author of the phrase, "In honor of the best 
Mother that ever lived — your Mother." 

The Christian Mother not only has Mother's Day in honor of her, 
but many, possibly every day of the year, some honor, respect, 
love, or some words of compliment might be given to her. The 
Christian Mother following Bible guidelines has honor given her by 
her children, husband, friends, neighbors, and maybe even the 
community. 



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Many times the toils and cares of the Christian Mother are over- 
looked and taken for granted while we grow up. It is not until new 
homes are established that we fully realize what Christian Mothers' 
responsibilities are. in this day when we are living, the Christian 
Mother deserves many thanks for there are many so-called 
Mothers who don't even keep their children after birth. 

We must never forget her pain and restless nights before we 
were even born into the world. How about the numerous hours 
spent in taking care of our daily needs and the many trying hours 
she spent by our side while sick? And the most important job our 
Christian Mothers did for us was praying for us, teaching us from 
the Holy Word, singing and teaching us hymns. We must not take 
our Godly heritage for granted. 

A bit of wisdom has been stated something like this "A good 
Mother is worth more than ten thousand instructors." There 
certainly is alot of truth in this saying. In a lot of cases it is because 
of Christian Mothers teaching us right from wrong that we have a 
desire to do what is right. Is it any wonder that the ungodly 
mother's children grow up not giving respect to her or anyone, due 
to the lack of concern and careless, unloving way in which they 
were handled. 

We are thankful we can turn to the Scripture for some guide- 
lines. In Titus 2, Paul is telling Titus some duties of a Christian 
Mother. Verses 4-5, "That they may teach the young women to be 
sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. To be discreet, 
chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands 
that the word of God be not blasphemed." 

It is sad to think of the children who are victims of selfish 
mothers. They find themselves in the hands of baby-sitters 
because mother thinks it's too boring at home or perhaps because 
she works to fulfill her own fleshly desires. We hope this can never 
be said of mothers in God's Fold. 

We do know if Mothers will ask God to help them, and will abide 
by the guidelines given in the Holy Word, God will bless them with 
a Happy Mothers Day, all year long. 

In Christian Love, 
Brother Glenn Burkholder 

GOOD NEWS 

'The voice of one crying in the wilderness... make his paths 
straight." Matthew 3:3b. 

Two thousand years ago, that trumpet blast was heard, after 
apparently a period of four hundred years of silence on God's part. 
No prophetic voice was heard to reprove men of their wickedness 
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the land for the Word of God. Just imagine, not one Gospel 
Message in four hundred years! What a dark time that was. 

Then one day, yes, happy day, the above message was heard. 
John the Baptist, the mighty trumpeter of God, was announcing 
the arrival of the Savior of the world. There was a revival. Those 
who had ears to hear that voice came unto him. All the land of 
Judaea came out to be baptized of him in the river Jordan, 
confessing their sins. Jesus came along and was baptized of John 
also, identifying Himself with the ruined race of men. 

For three and one-half years Jesus walked among men, healing 
the sick, loosing men and women from satanic power and doing 
good wherever He went. Cruel hands then nailed Him to the tree of 
shame. The very elements revolted at this treatment of the Son of 
God. A time of darkness was again over all the earth, a different 
sort of darkness. This time it was of the elements. But the darkest 
hour was when God turned His back on His own Son as He hung 
on the Cross, identified with you and me. 

But soon there will be another voice, another trumpeter, 
announcing the coming again of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
After the silence of these two thousand years, that voice will break 
forth and call men to repentance and preparation to meet the Lord 
who will be coming from Heaven with power and glory. 

That coming will end the greatest hour of darkness (the Great 
Tribulation) the world had known since Calvary. Again, God will 
have His faithful ones on the scene to point to His Son. The light 
will shine out from Heaven and the Lord Himself will come 
triumphant and glorious to set up His Kingdom on the Earth and a 
new day will dawn for this world. Heaven will come down into this 
world of sorrow and pain and gladness will abound. 

A lasting happiness will come to the world with Jesus' coming to 
them. God Himself will dwell with men and they will be His people 
and He will be their God. 

Brother C. L. Frost 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from May 1, 1979 Issue 

At this point, please bear in mind and don't forget, God did make 
this new covenant with them and Christ fulfilled and extended it to 
the end of the world, through His Covenant of Grace. In the text 
above Jeremiah tells us when "the old covenant was made" with 
the children of Israel. It was when God delivered them from Egypt. 
So we have found the time of the covenant. Let us find the place 
also. Deut. 5:2-3. "The Lord our God made a covenant with us In 



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Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant (of the Old Testament) 
with our fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), but with us, even us, 
who are all of us here alive this day." This Covenant, the Law, was 
only for the children of Israel. 

We have now found two facts concerning the Old Covenant. 
First, it was made with Israel. Second, it was made at Horeb, or 
Sinai. See Ex. 1:1-6; 3:1-6. What was this Old Covenant with Israel? 
The Word of God tells us. Ex. 34:27-28, "And the Lord said unto 
Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I 
have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. And he was there 
with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, 
nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the 
covenant, the ten commandments." This is plain. We have shown 
what the Covenant was, the time it was given, and the place. 
Hence, it is the Old Covenant, which God gave to Israel and which 
the Apostle Paul says, "was done away." Heb. 8:6, "But now hath 
he obtained (meaning Christ) a more excellent ministry, by how 
much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was 
established upon better promises." 

The Old Covenant to Israel was a temporal covenant and its 
promises were only temporal. While the New Covenant is a 
Spiritual Covenant and the ones that keep it are promised ever- 
lasting life. Let us not forget that Jeremiah had prophesied of this 
new covenant, which was to be made "not according to the 
covenant made with the fathers." We will now show by the 
Scriptures, that the Old Covenant was the ten commandments. 
Deut. 4:12-13, "And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the 
fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye 
heard a voice. And he declared unto you his covenant, which he 
commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he 
wrote them upon two tables of stone." The Ark of the Covenant 
was called the Ark of the Covenant because it contained the ten 
commandments. I Kings 8:9, "There was nothing in the ark save 
the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb (Sinai), 
when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when 
they came out of the land of Egypt." I Kings 8:21. 

These passages of Scripture are too plain to be misunderstood. 
The "Old Covenant" was the "ten commandments." The ark 
contained the covenant; there was nothing in the ark except the 
ten commandments. Men, in the face of these Scriptures, who 
maintain that we are still under the Old Law or the ten command- 
ments, are simply bound by a theory they will maintain anyway. "If 
the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch," saith the Word. 
We want to show, a little further along, that we are no longer under 
the Old Law nor the ten commandments. They are no longer 
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God confirmed His covenant with Israel and made it an ever- 
lasting covenant of peace, and an everlasting priesthood. Yet the 
priesthood was changed, of necessity, when Christ, the "seed" (the 
Messiah), came under the new covenant. This priesthood was 
made to Phinehas, Aaron's son. Num. 25:10-13, "And the Lord 
spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the son of 
Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of 
Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I 
consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, 
Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace, And he shall have it, 
and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priest- 
hood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an 
atonement for the children of Israel." God reconfirmed His 
covenant with the children of Israel at Bochim, Judges 2:1-5. 

We learn from the Scriptures that God never breaks a covenant 
with man. Nevertheless, when man breaks his covenant with God, 
God sometimes has changed His covenant of peace with man, 
making it new. This was the case when the change was made from 
the Old Covenant to the New. We come now to the time when God 
made His covenant with David, which Covenant stands through 
Christ, being Spiritual for all Israel, throughout both the Old 
Dispensation of Law and on through the promised seed, Christ. In 
closing this chapter, we would have you to study carefully the 
following references: II Sam. 7:12-13; Psa. 89:28; Isa. 59:21. In our 
next article we will continue to discuss the Old Covenant and the 
Ten Commandments. 

Brother William Root 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 

June 3 — A Fruitful Vineyard. Isaiah 27:1-13. 

June 10 — A Stone in Zion. Isaiah 28:1-29. 

June 17 — A Rebellious People. Isaiah 30:1-14 (29:1-24). 

June 24 — TEMPERANCE. Daniel 1:1-21. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) What does the Lord promise to do for His vineyard? Isaiah 
27:2-6. 

(2) What is the tried and precious corner stone used for a 
foundation in Isaiah 28:16? (I Cor. 3:11) 

(3) What does the Lord say will happen to a rebellious people*? 
Isaiah 30:13-14. 

(4) What did Daniel purpose within his heart when he was taken 
to Babylon? Daniel 1:8. 



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MARRIAGES 

KLEPINGER-EBLING 

Sister Delia Klepinger, West Milton, Ohio and Elder David 
Ebling, Bethel, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage on January 
2, 1979 by Elder James Kegerreis at the home of Bro. and Sis. 
Kegerreis. The couple will make their home at R. 1, Bernville, 
Pennsylvania 19506. 



HEARN-DEGLER 

Sister Mable Hearn, R. 1, Mohrsville, Pennsylvania, daughter of 
Elwood Hearn and the late Sister Fannie Hearn and Bro. Paul 
Degler III, R. 5, Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Paul Degler, were united in marriage March 3, 1979 at the Dunkard 
Brethren Church, Frystown, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was 
performed by Elder James Kegerreis after a sermon by Bro. David 
Kegerreis. The couple will make their home at R. 5, Sinking Spring, 
Pennsylvania 19608. 



KEGERREIS-MALLOW 

Sister Yvonne Kegerreis, daughter of Bro. and Sis. David 
Kegerreis, R. 1, Bethel, Pennsylvania and Bro. Michael Mallow, son 
of Bro. and Sis. Eldon Mallow, R. 4, Greencastle, Pennsylvania 
were united in marriage April 7, 1979 at the Dunkard Brethren 
Church, Frystown, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was performed by 
Bro. David Kegerreis after a sermon by Bro. Eldon Mallow. Elder 
James Kegerreis conducted the opening devotions. The couple 
will make their home at R. 4, Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225. 



NEWS ITEM 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation plan to have their Lovefeast, Saturday, 
May 19 starting at 2 o'clock with Lovefeast in the evening. 

A hearty invitation is extended to Ministers and all that can to 
attend our Lovefeast. 

Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JUNE, 1979 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Jud. 2:16 
Never the less the Lord raised 
up Judges, which delivered them 
out of the hand of those that 
spoiled them. 

Fri. 1 -Jos. 10:28-43 

Sat. 2 - Jos. 11:1-23 



Memory Verse: Jud. 7:14 
And his fellow answered and said, 
this is nothing else save the sword 
of Giden the son of Joash, a man 
of Israel: for into his hand hath 
God delivered Median and all the 
host. 

Sun. 3 - Jos. 20:1-9 

Mon. 4- Jos. 21:43- 22:14 

Tues. 5 - Jos. 22:15-34 

Wed. 6- Jos. 24:1-13 

Thur. 7- Jos. 24:14-33 

Fri. 8- Jud. 1:1-20 

Sat. 9- Jud. 1:21-36 



Memory Verse: Jud. 8:34 
And the children of Israel re- 
membered not the Lord their God, 
who had delivered them out of the 
hands of all their enemies on 
everyside: 

Sun. 10- Jud. 2:1-23 

Mon. 11 -Jud. 3:1-11 



Tues. 12- Jud. 3:12-31 
Wed. 13 -Jud. 4:1-24 
Thur. 14 - Jud. 5:1-31 
Fri. 15- Jud. 6:1-24 
Sat. 16- Jud. 6:25-40 



Memory Verse: Jud. 10:13 
Yet ye have forsaken me, and 
served other Gods: wherefore I 
will deliver you no more. 

Sun. 17 - Jud. 7:1-25 

Mon. 18- Jud. 8:1-35 

Tues. 19 - Jud. 8:18-35 

Wed. 20- Jud. 10:7-18 

Thur. 21 -Jud. 11:1-21 

Fri. 22- Jud. 11:22-40 

Sat. 23- Jud. 12:1-10 



Memory Verse: I Sam. 4:8 
Woe unto us! who shall deliver us 
out of the hand of these mighty 
Gods? These are the Gods that 
smote the Egyptians with all the 
plagues in the wilderness. 

Sun. 24- Jud. 13:1-25 

Mon. 25- Jud. 15:1-20 

Tues. 26- Jud. 16:4-20 

Wed. 27- Jud. 16:21-31 

Thur. 28- I Sam. 4:1-22 

Fri. 29- I Sam. 7:1-17 

Sat. 30- I Sam. 18:18-27 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LVII 



JUNE 1, 1979 



NO. 11 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach ihe gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHAT WOULD IT MEAN? 

What would it mean to the heart of God 
If we who walk earth's blood-soaked sod 
Would view the work through the Saviour's eyes 
And show His spirit of sacrifice? 
What would it mean? 

What would it mean to our fellowmen 
If Christ were to live in each heart again, 
And the church were ablaze with a holy flame 
And fired with a zeal to exalt His name? 
What would it mean? 

What would it mean to the church today 
If ev'ry member would work and pray 
And say from the depths of a willing heart, 
"You can count on me to do my part?" 
What would it mean? 

What would it mean in this crisis hour 
If all were filled with the Spirit's power? 
And the church like an army would shine as the sun 
And Christ would return for the work would be done. 
What would it mean? 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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DIFFICULT TIMES 

We are living in difficult times. Inflation, energy shortages, labor 
unrest and disregard for the public by the government and business 
are a few of our difficulties. When we consider the spiritual 
conditions surrounding us, we can understand why the Apostle 
Paul spoke of "perilous times." These conditions tend to 
discourage us and to make our lives more inconvenient. 

As we approach the time for another General Conference, we 
reflect upon the difficulties in attending this meeting. Our usual 
travel habits are being changed making us more aware of these 
difficulties. Because we have been accustomed to ease and self 
indulgence, we are bothered by these seemingly hard times. 
Perhaps we even feel it would be better to stay home from 
Conference and perhaps, even more drastically, to cut ourefforts in 
the Lord's service. 

It would be well for us during these discouraging times to look 
backward to some of the other difficult times the Brethren have 
faced. We are not the first to face difficulties in our service and 
attendance at meetings. Within the memory of many is the Great 
Depression. Despite the many economic hardships of that era, the 
Brethren met yearly in General Conference. There have been wars, 
local, national and internaiional, which have increased the 
difficulties that the Chi'rch had to labor under yet the Brethren 
continued to meet. During the Civil War, there were many barriers 
that could have defeated a less determined group of believers. The 
Brethren who lived in the South were especially hard hit by local 
regulations and sectional restrictions. Despite this, men like Elder 

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John Kline traveled to the Northern states to attend Annual Meeting 
throughout the War. Perhaps the Brethren were tested even more 
severely during the Revolutionary War when their property was 
confiscated and some suffered physical abuse. Elder Christopher 
Saur's home and printing establishment were confiscated, the 
unbound pages of Bibles being printed were used as bedding for 
horses, and he suffered physically because he would not swear a 
civil oath. Yet the Brethren continued to meet to discuss the needs 
of the Church and to encourage one another. Certainly the 
Brethren have faced some difficult times, yet they continued to meet 
and to serve God. 

While these trials may seem great to us they hardly compare with 
the hardships brought upon the Brethren when they first organized 
in Europe. They knew persecution first hand. They were driven from 
one area to another, receiving no real welcome anywhere. Some 
were imprisoned because they would not renounce their faith. They 
knew difficult times. From the forge of those hard times came a 
people known for their love and peaceableness. 

Their sufferings were far greater than any that we have known in 
our days of ease and worldliness. Yet their sufferings were hardly 
comparable to those of the Early Christians. They were accounted 
as criminals and treated as animals. The Church truly was 
established in the blood of Her martyrs. The blood shed by Jesus 
was the costliest and purest of all. In the midst of severe 
persecution, trial and hardship the Church grew from a little 
nucleus at Jerusalem to a worldwide body of believers. 

Our present difficulties surely fade when compared with the 
persecutions of the believers of old. The disruption of our ease and 
prosperity may frighten and worry us but we must take courage. Our 
present difficulties may shortly be compounded into troubles much 
as our ancestors had to face. The Spiritual climate around us shows 
that Satan is trying to destroy and discourage the Church. Although 
he is doomed to failure, his wrath will be terrible and we may be 
called upon to pay dearly for our faith. 

Now is the time to prepare ourselves. By our present difficulties 
we can be strengthened so we will be able to face even greater ones. 
James writes that faith without works is dead. Now is the time to 
show our Faith. That faith can be shown only through our works 
and our activities, notthrough our thoughts and intentions. Now we 
need to demonstrate our faith. We dare not allow shortages and 
high prices to keep us from the House of God nor from His Service. 
We may suffer inconvenience and hardship, but will not the price, 
whether great or small, be worth it when compared to Heavenly 
glories? 

Will you show your faith by your continued service even in the 
midst of difficulty and hardship? 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

HAPPINESS IS LIVING FOR GOD 

MATTHEW 5:1-12 

Are you happy? If you are a Christian you should be. Jesus has 
promised you so many things. Sometime, if you are faithful, Jesus 
will take you to that most beautiful place, where nobody will ever 
die, or get sick, or feel bad ever. 

Many people came to hear the wonderful words of Jesus. One 
time when Jesus saw the multitude of people He went up into a 
mountain and sat down. His disciples came to him and Jesus taught 
them. I think the multitude heard him too. What Jesus said to them 
is called the "Sermon on the Mount." The first part of this sermon is 
called, "The Beatitudes" which means, "declarations of happiness." 

Jesus began by saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is 
the kingdom of heaven." Blessed, means "happy." Even though we 
are depressed and do not have much material wealth, Jesus says we 
can be happy. This doesn't seem possible, does it.? If we have 
Jesus in our hearts, that is the greatest thing and we can rejoice 
down deep in our souls, even when we feel bad. 

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Have 
you lost a loved one — a brother, a sister, a mother or a father? This 
causes us to mourn and feel bad. Jesus was talking to his disciples 
— those who trusted Him. Jesus says that if we mourn we will be 
happy because we shall be comforted. Jesus loves you so much He 
can change your sorrow into joy. 

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." A meek 
person is gentle and patient — one that would not seek his own way 
if it would be harmful to another. I don'tthink the meek will inherit 
much of this earth where we live now. Jesus says there will be a new 
heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. Surely 
this is something to be happy about. 

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: 
for they shall be filled." A Christian should always want to be 
righteous — to be like Jesus. Jesus was always good. He never did 
anything wrong. If we want to be like Jesus, we will be happy. Jesus 
says so. 

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Are you a 
kind, forgiving and helpful person to those around you? Jesus 
wants you to be and He will bless you for it. 

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." The 
apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "Keep thyself pure." That means to 
do what is right and not sin. To be pure in heart means that we 
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your Father in Heaven is perfect." We should want to be the kind of a 
person that Jesus wants us to be. That should be our greatest 
desire. That will make you happy. 

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the 
children of God." How wonderful it would be if everyone was a 
peacemaker! Then there would be no trouble, or wars, or 
selfishness, or greed, or hate, or jealousy. Only when you know 
Jesus can you be a peacemaker. Jesus says, "Peace I leave with 
you, my peace I give unto you." 

"Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness sake: for 
theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." Have you ever been teased or 
made fun of because you are a Christian? Some people have had 
severe persecution — many died for their faith. Jesus says if you are 
treated badly because you are righteous — because you are trying 
to be like Jesus — you will be happy! 

Do you think it is worthwhile to be a Christian? It most certainly is. 
It is the most rewarding way to live there is. Jesus wants you to be 
happy. Just to think about Heaven — a place to live where we will 
never die and can be with Jesus, should make you happy. 
Happiness is living for God. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

CULTS 

THE UNIFICATION CHURCH 

The Unification Church is well known to all of us. Young people 
struggling with their feelings about Christianity are most 
succeptable to this group. The "Moonies" work in different ways to 
recruit their members, but usually invite prospects to a weekend 
retreat. They appear to be devoted and very civilized, clean cut and 
purposeful. Very impressive! 

The church was founded in Seoul, Korea, in the early 1 950's. It is 
officially known as the "Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of 
World Christianity." They have many other organizations under 
their control, such as the International Cultural Foundation, 
Creative Community Project, Collegiate Association for the 
Research of Principles, Unification Thought Institute, New Hope 
Singers International to name just a few. 

Their leader. Sun Myung Moon is a millionaire industrialist. He 
was born to Presbyterian parents in 1920. He says that at Easter, 
1936, he saw Jesus Christ who told him that he had been selected to 
carry out an important mission. He was to complete Christ's 
unfinished task. In 1973, Moon moved his headquarters to the 
United States and he now has thousands of followers. He is literally 
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They study a book called the "Divine Principle". It contains 
Moon's revelations and the basic doctrines of the church. Moon 
teaches ridiculous concepts like Lucifer seduced Eve, then Eve 
seduced Adam. He says that the planet Earth is the center of the 
cosmos and that God struggled all this time to create America. The 
two special locations in America are New York City and Los 
Angeles. Los Angeles is considered the spiritual center. 

Moon uses ''front girls" that are pampered and put on good diets 
to cover for the poorly kept members. He convinces members that 
everything they do has a direct effect on the world. They are not 
supposed to look in mirrors but DO look at pictures of Moon alot 
and literally fall in love with him. Members refer to Moon as Father 
or Master. He referred to himself in a 1973 talk as the "prophet of 
prophets." In the same speech he referred to the inadequacies of 
past saints, prophets, religious leaders, and theologians, and 
concluded, "Master is more than any of those people and greater 
than Jesus himself." 

Moon, his wife, and eight children live in a twenty-five room 
mansion on an estate purchased for $620,000.00 in suburban West- 
chester County, New York. All inall, Moon'sfinancial empire is said 
to exceed fifteen million dollars. 

A typical "Moonie" fund raiser brings in between one and five 
hundred dollars each day. Two hundred is probably the average. If 
you ask them if they are working for Moon they will usually say no! 

Their worship service begins with the leader directing the group 
to bow down three times to the "Father and True Parents". They 
place their right hand over their left hand and put their hands on 
their forehead and bow down to the floor. They put their forehead 
on the floor and repeat their worship. 

They use "holy salt". Most "Moonies" carry holy salt with them at 
all times in order to sanctify their food. If they are sick or in a bad 
mood, they use it because spirits enter through the back of the neck, 
so it has to be thrown over the shoulder. 

Devotees are told that even Jesus speaks Korean, but of course, 
Jesus was a sinless Man who failed to complete His mission. The 
"Moonies" teach that the crucifixion of Christ was tragedy because 
it prevented Him from finding the perfect mate and founding God's 
perfect family on earth, thus achieving both the physical and the 
spiritual salvation of man. In Unification theology the Cross 
actually becomes synonymous with Satan. Also, Christian is a bad 
word to "Moonies". They call Christians off limits and are fearful of 
them. They say Christians will crucify their new messiah. 

Finally, Moon is quoted as saying: "This master of yours has 
disciples who are willing to sacrifice their lives for this great cause. . 
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one ... as it now stands . . . You can trust me as your leader ... I am a 
thinker, I am your brain!" 

If cult seekers have found conventional religious Institutions to be 
lacking In spiritual depth and meaning, incapable of inspiring 
commitment and providing clear cut answers and often hypocritical 
In everyday life, then we, as conservative Christians, have a 
responsibility to communicate God's Word by our actions, speech 
and attitudes in all of ourassociations. We must be staunch fighters 
for spiritual accuracy. As parents we need always to relate our close 
relationship with Christ, the Church, and fellow Christians to our 
children. They should never be able to view the religious life of their 
parents as shallow and unrelated to reality. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

TODAY 

There are two ways to begin a new day, with prayer or without. 
Each of us begin the day one of these two ways, which do we 
choose? If you are His, I am sure you will need guidance from on 
High. Let us think about this today. 

There are two ways of spending the Lord's Day. At the house of 
worship or out with the crowd in some worldly place. Which will you 
choose? Let us think about this today. 

There are two classes of people in the world, the righteous and the 
wicked. You belong to one of these classes. Which? One follows 
the way of the Lord; the other the way of the world, which Satan 
rules. There are two great rulers in the universe, God and Satan. 
Every one today is serving one of these. Which? If you are serving 
the Lord it will be well with your soul, but if you are serving Satan it 
will be very sad for you when you leave this world. 

There are two roads which lead through time to eternity, the 
broad and the narrow. Every one of us is traveling on one of these 
roads. The one is the narrow way which Jesus would have us trod, 
which leads to Heaven above, where Jesus is. The broad way to a 
life in Hell with Satan, a place of torment. Which are you on? 

There are two deaths which people will die. Some will "die in the 
Lord," and others will "die in their sins." Each of us will die one of 
these deaths. Which will you? Now if you don't want to die in your 
sins there is still time for you to get right with the Lord. The door is 
still open. It is all up to you which choice you will make. 

God so loved the world he sent His Son to rescue you and me. 
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but 
that the world through him might be saved." John 3:17. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



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A LETTER TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE 

Dear Young People, 

I sat down to write an article about Torreon Mission but my 
thoughts kept being interrupted by you, so I decided to write to you 
instead. I have no particular person in mind. I love you all and I just 
want to share some things with you. 

My time down here is almost up and I am getting pretty eager to 
get back home. I'm leaving behind some wonderful people and lots 
of great experiences. I will take with me many cherished, priceless 
memories. There have been quite a few baptisms since I am here; 
some of the baptized already have denied their faith, while others 
are growing stronger in the Lord. Bro, Frank is a wonderful example 
of what the Lord can do for a person. I wish you could all meet him. 
He used to live a rough life but now he interprets in church and he 
loves to tell people about his Lord. Frank is talented in speaking and 
he can hold people spellbound when he talks, even the little 
children. 

I would have liked to have seen more saved but just as the Good 
spirit is working, the evil is too. It is so sad how many times the Devil 
wins. We must just keep working harder. 

I honestly wish allyou young peoplecould spend some timehere, 
even just a few days, at least get an idea of what it is all about. There 
are so many different activities going on. There are eleven staff 
members besides the children. Every one of us have different tasks 
that are our duties to do. but they all pivot around one main thought . 
. . . "Help lead a soul to Christ." Some of us workinthe school, some 
go out visiting, some spend a lot of time on the roads running routes, 
others spend a lot of time in the houses doing housework, some 
work in the garage, but wherever we are we are making contacts, 
desiring to reflect the One we are serving. It is a challenge and it is 
rewarding. 

So often my thoughts go back to you though and that is why I am 
writing. I would like each of you to think some day as you go about 
your daily routine, "What would the Navajos think of Christians if 
they saw me doing this?" It is really hard sometimes to answer the 
questions that are asked. We try to point out The Way to them but 
sometimes forget the inconsistency in our lives, but it does not go 
unnoticed. 

For example, one day I was telling the children how devilish rock 
and roll music is. One little girl said, "But we don't have any 
Christian music at our house. Where can I get some?" Then I 
thought, "Bless your heart" but at the same time the thought struck 
me that there must be some people in our Church, who do not have 
Christian music in their homes either. Or if they do, it must be back 



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on the shelves getting dusty. I listened to a man speak, who had 
been in witchcraft. He said that every rock and roll singer 
communicates with the devil asking that their songs make a hit. If 
we buy any of this music we are inviting demons right into our home. 

Another child asked me why Christians drive over the speed limit 
when I was explaining how we are supposed to obey the law as long 
as it doesn't interfere with God's law. 

We teach against makeup and jewelry since the Bible speaks 
against such things. Then the question comes up, "How come some 
of the people in your Church wear lipstick and put rouge on their 
cheeks?" Also, there is fingernail polish and even some mascara. 
Do you see how it looks inconsistent to these children who are 
seeking the right way? They are not easily persuaded since they 
have been taught differently all their lives. In some ways we are so 
inconsistent that it isn't any wonder that we have problems winning 
them over. 

We teach modesty and want dresses below the knees. (Not just 
"we" but God wants it too, because we all know how it affects the 
opposite sex when the body is exposed.) The children have this 
indoctrinated into them all the time at school. When some of the 
little girls see pictures of people in short dresses, they point and say, 
"She's wicked, isn't she, Sister Sally?" I am about to answer "Yes" 
when I think of all the times that I have seen short dresses on our 
members across the Brotherhood. Most of these people I would not 
classify as "wicked" and yet, HOW CONFUSING! How can we teach 
them right and yet justify our actions? Maybe some girls make their 
dresses long enough but then they sit in immodest positions or get 
in a car with young people and pull it up above their knees. 

I explained to my devotions class the importance of keeping 
themselves pure and to always act in a way that would be pleasing to 
God. One student who had spent some time in one of our congrega- 
tions said, "What about the Dunkards that act 'nasty'?" (They use 
the term "nasty" like we use 'Indecent" or "impure".) That child had 
seen some of our young people necking and hugging in such public 
places as outside the church doors and it really confused them. 
Again, I was groping for the right words. Young people, what would 
you have said? 

We studied the verses on swearing and saying unnecessary 
words. Again, inconsistency was a problem. Sure, it's easy to teach 
them not to use such words as "God," "Christ," and so forth in vain 
but what about all our words like "goodness", "darn," "gosh," 
"heck," and so forth which really are only other words standing for 
those I first mentioned. Really, what kind of impression can we 
make when we have the same problem ourselves? 



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We want our young Navajo girls at school to be chaste, discreet, 
pure, and love the Lord. Then I thinkof what they would see if they'd 
come to some of our churches - - girls ''hanging" on their 
boyfriends, girls trying to impress boys by putting on all their 
charm, rolling their eyes, flashing big smiles, talking gay and 
flippantly. Be careful how you walk, talk, and act. It all has so much 
to do with the Bible command of being chaste and discreet. 

We have a big problem of commotion and talking in church. 
Sometimes the preacher even stops and says, "Everyone must get 
quiet before we can go on." Then I have to think -- "What if some 
'Christian' young people were here who talk just as much as these 
do?" Wouldn't that be bad for the Navajos to see? They would 
wonder how come Christians talk in church because they've all 
been taught in Sunday School that it's the devil that makes us talk. 
We are in a heathen country and it is understandable that they do 
not see the I mportance of it. But what is real ly sad is that we have the 
same problem in our churches. Don't you see how wrong it is? 
Some Navajos who have been in our churches across the 
Brotherhood wonder why the young people talk during prayer. How 
would you explain that to them? 

You see, one of the big advantages of being here is that you get to 
really recheck your own life and see if the way you are living is right, 
consistent, and makes sense to the world. Sometimes I know the 
Brotherhood, as well as us, gets discouraged that there Is not more 
progress made here but do you think it's possible that you are 
helping to slow down the progress? Are you doing your very best 
and living as close to the Right Way as you know how? 

Someday when this life is over we will look back and see how 
foolish it was of us to take our Christian lives so lightly. We will wish 
we had done so many things differently but then it will be too late. 
Our sorrow will be multiplied though if we find out it was because of 
our inconsistency that someone else is missing out on the joys of 
Heaven. Perhaps they could not see the plan of God through our 
lives which were too much conformed to the world. 

I am talking to myself as well as anyone. I was guilty of a lot of 
things I mentioned. But God will forgive if we purpose within our 
hearts to do better. I really hope and pray that you choose to follow 
the Lord's footsteps as close as you can, younger in your Christian 
life than I did in mine. God bless and strengthen you all! 

Love in Him, 
Sister Sally Stauffer 



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JUST AN ACT 

MATTHEW 23 

A woman questioned me concerning my belief In God and asked 
specifically if we wash feet. I said "y^s", to which she replied, "Our 
Church does, too, but ! won't anymore. It's just an act, and I don't 
want any part of it." She had detected the insincerity of the people at 
the Church where she attends services. Because of it, she can no 
longer participate with them with a free spirit. Whatever the 
feetwashing service may mean to her, the attitude of the others Is a 
hindrance to her. She could go elsewhere to worship, but would she 
find sincerity there? 

It Is easy to look at others and see their insincerity, but what about 
us? It is easy to look on the Pharisees and their Insincere and falsely 
pious ways, but what about us? How many times do we do the 
things we do just because it's expected of us or because we want to 
impress someone with our "piety?" It is important to keep God's 
commandments, but how many times do we fit In the category of 
just putting on an act? 

God is not impressed by our attempts to appear righteous. 
People usually are not impressed either. Serving God from a 
sincere heart is what counts and no matter how many acts we put 
on, we can't fool Him. If your heart is not right with God, then your 
heart cannot be in what you do. If your heart is not in what you do, 
then you are just putting on an act. Rather than bringing you closer 
to God, your act just becomes a barrier. God cannot help you then; 
He cannot bless the self-righteous Pharisees. 

When our service becomes nothing more than just an act, there is 
no meaning in it, except that we've lost out with God. "Having a 
form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (M Tim. 3:5) gets 
you absolutely nowhere. But when your life is genuinely directed by 
the Lord, you will have a spiritual vitality that no one has who is 
simply putting on an act. You will haveadesire to please the Lord in 
every way. Along with the form — that which people can see which 
Indicates contact with God ~ the power of God will be there, too. 

"Just an act" can apply to many little matters as well as the more 
important or more noticeable ones. You may smile and manifest a 
pleasant spirit to your neighbor through the week, then on Sunday, 
you scowl at your fellow servant of the Lord. Why? Do you 
genuinely care about your neighbor or are you just trying to impress 
him? "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My 
brethren, these things ought not so to be." James 3:10. You can't 
bless God or your neighbor in one breath, and curse or misuse 
someone else in the next and still please Him, because it is 



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hypocrisy. Your attitudes and actions need to be consistent and in 
agreement, whether the matter is really important or not. 

If the same people who see you on Sunday at Church see you 
during the week, do they recognize you? If the people who see you 
during the week were to see you at Church, would they recognize 
you? Sure, your work clothes would be different than what you 
wear to worship services, but if you have a Christian spirit, it will 
always be the same. People should be able to see Christ's spirit in 
you everyday, not just on Sunday or some special occasion. This 
same spirit makes you recognizable — always — as one of God's 
own. 

"He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of 
you hypocrites, as it is written. This people honoureth me with their 
lips, but their heart is far from me." Mark 7:6. Is your heart close, 
really close to God? Or have you been putting on an act? The 
things you say and do are of little value unless it comes from a 
genuine desire to please God. The Pharisees wanted to impress 
people and they really made a big display of themselves. Perhaps 
this flattered their egos, but it did not put them in favor with God. Be 
sure that you honor God with your heart; then what you say will be 
sincere. 

"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within 
ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matt. 23:28. No matter how 
good you look on the outside, no matterhowgood of afrontyou put 
on, it is worthless. Unless your heart is right with God, you stand 
condemned. The Pharisees put on a good front and did their best to 
look pious, but it was wasted effort. Jesus only condemned them, 
because they were putting on an act. Do you stand approved or 
condemned before Christ? 

Be sincere and honest in your service to God. Study the Bible to 
find out His will for your life. Ask God to show you the way wherein 
you are to walk. If you really want to do His will. He will help you so 
you won't just be putting on an act. "Not every one that saith unto' 
me. Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that 
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matt. 7:21. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

• •••••• 

We have to turn to get on the right way; the Lord literally turns us 
from sin. After getting on His way, we shouldn't turn except to turn 
the other cheek when we are mistreated. We must turn from 
darkness to light, from sin to salvation, or be overturned in our sins 
and suffer. His wrath on us. 

Selected by Sister Eileen Broadwater 



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EVER PRESENT 

"The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call 
upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he 
also will hear their cry, and will save them." Psalms 145:18-19. 

How blessed it is to know that the Lord is always near us. When 
we come into trouble, we do not need to fear that He will not reach 
us in time. We know that He is near, because we have fellowship 
with Him day by day. Men of all ages have found that He is a very 
present help, not only in times of trouble, but in all times. 

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they felt the 
shame of their nakedness and tried to hide themselves by donning 
fig leaves and hiding among the trees. God knew their plight, and 
we read these gracious words, "Unto Adam also and to his wife did 
the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Gen. 3:21. 
What care God showed for His creatures, even though they had 
disobeyed Him! He came near and clothed them. This speaks of 
Calvary, where Christ's blood was shed that we might be clothed 
with God's righteousness. 

"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." 
Gen. 5:24. Here we read that God came nearto walk with Enoch. He 
is always ready to walk with us through our travels on earth. He 
does not hold himself aloof from His people, especially if they desire 
to have communion with Him. Enoch was delighted to walk with 
God, something rare in his time. The result was that one day they 
took a long walk and did not return. 

There was a time when Jacob was afraid and distressed. He 
feared for his life. He was left alone one night and a Heavenly Being 
came to him. Jacob clung to this visitor and would not let him go 
until he was blessed. His name was changed that night from Jacob 
to Israel — "for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, 
and hast prevailed." Jacob was ecstatic, and we read, "And Jacob 
called the name of the place Peniel: fori have seen God face to face, 
and my life is preserved." Gen. 32:28-30. So God came near to 
Jacob and blessed him. 

Do you think that these instances were unique? They were, 
according to the individual need and circumstance, but we need not 
relegate such experiences to the past only. The Apostle Paul 
declares, ". . . though he be not far from every one of us: For in him 
we live, and move, and have our being . . ." Acts 17:27-28. 

He will come near to you, for whatever purpose is needful. Call 
upon Him in truth and find out. 

Brother C. L. Frost 



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OBITUARY 

FRANK BRITTON 

Bro. E. Frank Britton was born January 4, 1906 in Prince William 
County, Virginia. He departed this life at the Dunkard Brethren 
Church Home on March 22, 1979, at the age of 73 years, 2 months 
and 1 8 days. He was the son of Russell S. Britton, and the grandson 
of Elder J. F. Britton. 

He is survived by his wife, Anna; one daughter, Clara Anne 
Ressler, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Roy, 
Warrenton, Virginia, Rufus, Silver Spring, Maryland and one sister, 
Ruth, Suitland, Maryland; three grandchildren and three great- 
grandchildren. 

Bro. Britton was baptized into the Church of the Brethren at the 
age of thirteen. In 1936 he was installed into the deacon's office. He 
united with the Dunkard Brethren Church in December, 1974. 

Funeral services were held March 26 at the Myers Funeral Home, 
by Elder Fred Miller of the Church of the Brethren and Bro. John 
Peffer of the Dunkard Brethren Church, with interment in Mechan- 
icsburg Cemetery. 

We'll not forget him, we who stay 

To live a little longer here, 

His name, his deeds, his kindness we lay 

On memory's tablet bright and clear. 

NOTE OF THANKS 

May the Lord bless everyone who helped us in so many different 
ways during the deep sorrow and death of our beloved husband and 
father. 

Sister Anna Britton 
••••••• 

WORLD A GRAVE— The grave is a bulwark cast up between time 
and Eternity. Our eye may not pierce it. Below works corruption, 
and the form which once contained a beloved spirit is crumbling 
into earth. We also are following after. Soon our dust will rest there 
too; the dust of our children and of our children's children will 
soon be added. Generations bloom and generations fade; those 
who enter upon the surface of the earth are sinking again below it. 
The world is nothing more than one single, great grave. As it 
swings around the sun in its accustomed orbit, like a true mother it 
carries the dust of her child in her bosom! 



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HE\NS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed two weeks of revival meetings 
March 18through April 1 with Bro. Fred Piter, Dallas Center, lowaas 
our evangelist. Bro. Fred brought to us inspiring messages through 
the Word of God. Let us be mindful of what we have heard that we 
might be drawn closer to the Lord in these last days. 

We were happy for the five precious young souls who gave their 
hearts to the Lord. We also had a precious soul baptized two weeks 
prior to our revivals. 

Sis. Diane and Rebecca were with us during these meetings and 
we were happy to have them. May the Lord richly bless Bro. Fred as 
he continues his labors for the Lord. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation has recently engaged in a two 
week Revival Meeting. Bro. Allen Eberly brought us soul-stirring 
messages from night to night. 

Although no souls were added to the Church at this time, the seed 
has been sown in our hearts and minds. Now it is up to us as a 
Christian people to apply the Word to our lives and live it out in our 
every day walk of life, letting our light shine for Jesus till He comes. 

We were most happy that Sis. Martha was with us also. 

We trust the good Lord to bless Bro. Allen as he continues to 
preach the Word to a sinsick, troubled people of our land today. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 



NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to express my sincere thanks to all who have remembered 
me by prayers, the many, many cards and also the telephone calls 
we have received during my stay in the hospital for surgery and my 
convalescence at home. 

Brother Melvin Roesch 



THANK YOU 

I want to thank everyone who remembered me in prayer and with 
cards and gifts during my stay in the hospital and at home. May the 
Good Lord richly bless each of you. 

Brother Ezra Beery 



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VOL. LVII 



JUNE 15, 1979 



NO. 12 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SPLINTERS FROM THE CROSS 

Little headaches, little heartaches, 
Little griefs of every day, 
Little trials and vexations, 
How they throng around our way! 
One great cross, immense and heavy. 
So it seems to our weak will, 
Might be borne with resignation, 
But these many small ones kill. 
Yet all life is formed of small things. 
Little leaves make up the trees, 
Many tiny drops of water 
Blending, make the mighty seas. 
Let us not then by impatience 
Mar the beauty of the whole. 
But for the love of Jesus bear all 
In the silence of our soul. 
Asking Him for grace sufficient 
To sustain us through each loss. 
And to treasure each small offering 
As a splinter from His Cross. 



Selected by Brother Lester Flora 



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NAKEDNESS 

With the approach of summer, we can expect to see an increase 
in immodesty. Both men and women will expose as much of their 
bodies as possible. This exposure will not be limited to the 
beaches and other resorts but will occur in most public areas. 

The shame that formerly accompanied this immodesty has been 
replaced by a contrary feeling. Today there is a desire to expose 
rather than to cover the body. This immodesty has affected all age 
groups and is apparent in all areas of the country. There are few, 
even among "Church People," who have not been affected by this 
immodesty. As this condition becomes more prevalent in the 
world, there is a greater danger of dress standards being lowered 
within the Church. This would please Satan, for his scheme to 
bring immodesty into the Church would have succeeded. If he can 
make the Church feel "too" peculiar then he can persuade Her to 
lower Her standards. 

Nakedness means the absence of all clothes. But nakedness is 
possible even though there are some clothes draped upon the 
body. Anything less than God's Biblical standard for modesty is 
nakedness. Any garments that do not meet that standard are Im- 
modest. All immodesty is the equal of nakedness. Whether naked- 
ness is total or partial, it is the same in God's Holy Eye. Although 
men may speak of degrees of immodesty, God is ever true to the 
standard of modesty He has delivered to mankind. 

Immodest apparel is exalted in the newspapers, magazines and 
billboards and is made to appear as the standard that everyone 
should adhe re to. Although immodesty may be the world's 

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standard, it is not a standard high enough for the people who 
desire to serve the Holy God of Heaven. The world's standard is 
but Satan's standard, which is but another avenue to eternal 
punishment. 

The nakedness of today is often more subtle than total 
nakedness. Today, people are trained In the designing and 
wearing of clothes so the desired degree of immodesty can be 
obtained. One or two layers of cloth do not guarantee modesty. 
With see-through materials, with stripes and other designs 
strategically located, with slits, with unfastened buttons, with the 
scarcity of material, and with the materia! pulled tight, the form of 
the body can be revealed in its most alluring and tempting way. 
This is true not only of women's fashions but of men's as well. 

The problem of immodesty today had its origins in the Garden of 
Eden after Adam and Eve's fall from perfection. Before they sinned 
they were naked without ill effect but after the entrance of sin this 
was one of the first things that they noticed. Having then the sinful 
mind of mankind, they set about covering their nakedness with 
leaves. Like people today they clothed themselves in immodest 
attire, which did not please God. He provided for them the clothes 
that would meet His approval. People follow their example yet 
today trying to dress in the least possible but God is not one bit 
more pleased now then He was then. 

There are many excuses offered for wearing immodest attire. It 
is common to hear that such dress is cooler. Yet how can the body 
that is almost totally exposed to the heat be cooler than the body 
protected from the heat. A high price is paid to insulate houses to 
keep them cool during the summer, why shouldn't the body be 
insulated just as well with clothes. Another excuse for immodesty 
is that it is necessary in order to do certain things. If a task or 
pleasure requires clothing contrary to God's standard, then that 
activity is contrary to God's Will. Good can not be accomplished 
through evil devices. 

Israel was warned throughout the Old Testament of the shame of 
nakedness. They were warned to stay close to God or their naked- 
ness would be exposed to their enemies, which would be a shame. 
God even sent Isaiah amongst the people in a state of disrobement 
as a sign of coming captivity, tsaiah was not totally naked but in 
that time if a person was less than fully dressed he was considered 
to be naked. Even in the depravity of that age, the people at least 
had a degree of understanding concerning modesty that could 
well be used in the world today. Isaiah's token nakedness was a 
sign of coming captivity. Today's nakedness is a sign of the 
coming judgment of God. 

As Christians we must continue to uphold the standard of 
modesty as given to us by God. As Christians we must be careful 
about our appearance that we are modest at all times in all ways. 



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SOME MOTHER'S SON 

LUKE 15:11-32 

Several years ago, during a visit to the Faith Mission at Elkhart, 
Indiana, the superintendent was speaking briefly concerning the 
varied group of men present that night. He said, "Just remember 
that every one of them is some mother's son." Some of them were 
fathers, some had families who cared about them. Still others were 
no longer wanted by anyone. Prodigals they were, but regardless 
of the condition they were in, each was a human being and God 
loved them. 

They all needed Jesus. No doubt many of them had mothers 
and/or fathers who had prayed for their salvation. They weren't too 
bad to be saved, but were not yet aware of their soul's need. In a 
hand-to-mouth existence, the need for a bit of food often pushed 
all else into the background, so they were not concerned about 
their relationship with God. Even so, just because they were 
prodigals does not mean that they were worthless. To say they 
were all "some mother's son" is to say that each is a person, each is 
worth loving, and each is worth leading to Jesus. 

Men who have failed first as sons, second as husbands and third 
as fathers, need help very much. They will not benefit from being 
ignored or condemned, or being shoved aside as just a "no-good 
bum." They will not benefit from being continually reminded of 
their failures, but they will benefit from prayer in their behalf. They 
will benefit from love, compassion and Christian teaching. They 
need to hear about Jesus, to know that He can forgive their sins 
and help them get their lives back together. 

The prodigal son really messed up his life but he found love, for- 
giveness and a chance to start over. His father readily forgave him, 
in fact was waiting and longing for the son's return even though 
that boy had been very foolish. It was the older brother who did not 
forgive. Yet the prodigal son was entitled to forgiveness as much 
as anyone and more than some of us, because he realized and 
admitted his unworthiness. He came home with a truly repentant 
heart. 

The prodigal son had a speech prepared for his father. He 
intended to ask to be made just a servant, but he hardly had a 
chance to. His father was too busy loving him and rejoicing to 
listen! Verse 21 says the son acknowledged his sin and unworthi- 
ness, but instead of being made a servant, his father had other 
plans. His father began a celebration and before long, everyone 
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celebrating because of the son's mistakes and wastefulness, but 
because the son who was dead was now alive; he had been lost but 
now was found. The older son saw only the shameful past but the 
father saw his son's present — his desire to start over. 

Are you a prodigal? No matter how bad you are, nor how many 
times you have failed, with Jesus you can have a new life. Just as 
the prodigal son returned to his father, you need to return to your 
Heavenly Father — through Jesus Christ. If you come as he did 
with a truly repentant heart, you, too, will be received with 
gladness. A pardon will be granted to you and you will find 
yourself blessed and loved and cared for. "For whosoever shall call 
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom. 10:13. 

Do you know a prodigal? You may not be a physical brother to 
one, but you ought to be concerned about the prodigal. First of all, 
you should pray for his return — that he would leave sin behind — 
and when he does, you should forgive him and rejoice. You are not 
saved on your own merits anymore than he will be, so you have no 
excuse for not forgiving him wholly. "For by grace are ye saved 
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Eph. 
2:8. Whatever you have, whatever you are has been given to you, 
so don't withhold your forgiveness from others, as the older son 
did. Help instead to lift others up and establish them in a right 
relationship with God. 

The Philippian jailer probably wasn't a very nice man, until after 
the Lord got hold of his heart. See Acts 16. Paul and Silas had been 
beaten before being placed in his custody. Then he added to their 
misery by placing them in the inner prison with their feet in the 
stocks. Later that night, after hearing the message of salvation, he 
believed and became a different man. He washed the wounds of 
Paul and Silas and even fed them. And he did it while rejoicing! 
Paul and Silas felt no ill will, even though they had been mis- 
treated. Neither should we, when someone repents. 

"Worth loving - worth helping - worth leading to Christ." — Let 
this be your motto concerning those who are prodigals, whether 
sons or daughters. Your efforts may not always meet with success, 
but it's important to try. Jesus never turned anyone away and 
neither should we. "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the 
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, 
and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will 
abundantly pardon." Isa. 55:7. As the Lord has mercy, so let us, 
whether it is our son or someone else's. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD 

MATTHEW 5:13-20 

Which do you like best — light or darkness? Do you like night 
better than day? I'm sure we all like the light best. When it is 
sunny and warm, when the birds sing and the flowers open up to 
the wonderful sunlight, that is what everybody enjoys most. Night 
is for sleeping but God made the day for us to be awake and enjoy 
the wonderful things that He created. 

God made the sun to rule by day and the moon by night, to give 
light that we might see. Without light, everything would be dark. 
We could not see. At night we have the moon and the stars to give 
some light. Sometimes when it gets real cloudy at night it is very 
dark and is hard to see anything. Then we need a flashlight or 
some other artificial light. 

Were you ever in a cave down deep in the earth? I have been to 
Carlsbad Caverns, where you go into an enormous cave. When the 
guide takes you to this great big room, he turns out all the lights. It 
is so dark you can almost feel it. It is impossible to see anything. I 
don't think any of us would like to be in that kind of darkness very 
long. Everyone likes the light because he can see where he is 
going. 

Jesus says that His people are the light of the world. He doesn't 
mean the light of the sun or the moon or an electric light. He 
means if we do the things that He teaches then other people can 
see the good things we do. He calls the good things light and the 
bad or sinful things darkness. We can be like a city that is built on 
a hill — everyone can see it. The good cannot be hid. Good 
people stand out. They don't do bad things or say bad things. 
They do what Jesus tells them to do. The Apostle John says that 
Jesus was the true Light that came into the world. Jesus told us 
how to live right and do good things. When we obey Jesus and live 
like He taught — then we can be a light. Others may see our good 
works and glorify our Father in Heaven. 

Do you want to be a light for Jesus? Everybody should because 
Jesus has promised us that if we live for Him He will give us a home 
in Heaven. In that Beautiful Place there will never be any darkness. 
The light of the sun won't be there but Jesus will be the light. We 
cannot imagine what the beauty of that Place will be like. If we are 
lights for Jesus here, sometime we will live in that Beautiful Place, 
forever. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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MARTYRDOM 

Martyrdom is the suffering of death for adhering to the Christian 
belief. It is caused by believing in a doctrine so strongly that the 
person will lay down his life, rather than accept another type of 
doctrine or religion. Martyrdom was at its peak during the 
fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, during the rule of 
wicked kings and especially during that of a queen called "Bloody 
Mary'\ She was given this name because she was a very merciless 
person when it came to the punishment of Christians, who 
wouldn't accept her doctrine — that of the Roman Catholic 
Church. 

To be able to accept death the way they did, the martyrs had to 
have an unquenchable love for Christ. When it came their time to 
be burned at the stake, chopped up into many small pieces, torn 
apart by horses, or many other cruel and inhumane ways of 
punishment, they accepted it joyfully. They loved the Lord for the 
way He had suffered and what He had provided for them through 
it. 

Their attitudes toward the people of the world and their 
tormentors were very good. They closely followed the Bible, 
because it teaches Christians to love their enemies; they carried 
out this commandment as well as many, many other Biblical 
commandments. Their testimony was so good that on one 
occasion a martyr's executioner couldn't do the job — was 
converted on the spot, and killed as a martyr also. 

The attitude of the world toward the Christians was very poor. 
The true Christians were a minority group of the day and were 
considered the off-scouring of the earth. At the time of this great 
martyrdom, there seemed to be a lack of respect for human life 
among many of the people and their leaders. 

it seemed as though the devil had planted a deep hatred into the 
hearts of the Catholic Church leaders toward the true Christians. 
Since the Popes and Bishops of the church had so much power, 
many of the people were influenced in the same way — hatred for 
the true, Bible-believing Christians. 

Many people might find it hard to understand why the Lord 
permits martyrdom. The Bible teaches that man has a natural 
hatred for Christ and His followers. When Christ was teaching His 
disciples. He told them that the world would hate them for His 
sake. All Christians, as disciples of Christ, will be hated by the 
world — especially during the last years of the world's existence. 
We can see through many of the cases of martyrdom, that what 
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The Bible says, "Behold you shall have tribulation," meaning 
that Christians have, will, and are going to suffer for the cause of 
Christ. 

We, as Christians, should strengthen and prepare ourselves, for 
we might also have to suffer for the cause of our Blessed Saviour 
some day. We know that Christ suffered very much for us on 
Calvary and we should be very thankful to Him for providing a way 
to have eternal life in that Perfect Land above. 



Brother Paul David Skiles 
Box 188, Cuba, New Mexico 



CULTS 

"CHILDREN OF GOD" 

This cult, we find, is preying on young people who are 
searching. They are attracted by what seems to be the happy and 
positive attitude of those witnessing to them. The Children of God 
was founded in the late 1960's by David Berg, a one-time Bible 
teacher and itinerant evangelist. He dropped out of the Christian 
and Missionary Alliance with feelings of bitterness and contempt 
for institutionalized religion. After receiving a prophecy that 
California was going to slide into the sea as a result of an earth- 
quake, Berg left the state with a group of about fifty disciples. He 
is now known as "Moses David" and he increasingly segregates 
himself from his growing following, interacting primarily with the 
movement's highest leaders. There are thousands of members in 
his organization throughout the world. 

When one joins this group he has to sign a paper turning over all 
of his money and possessions to the Children of God. He 
promises to give them his goods and income, let them open his 
mail, and obey their rules and officers. The Children of God 
describes themselves as revolutionary Christian nomads. They 
completely cut themselves off from the "systemites", or people of 
the world. Members who have left the group say that the leader- 
ship constantly asks its members to write letters to friends and 
family to ask for money. "Mo" writes the group letters which they 
are required to study. Some have been called sex letters, complete 
with suggestive artwork. They have been in trouble for trying to 
peddle copies to the public. Berg says: "We have a sexy God, and 
a very sexy religion, and a very sexy leader with an extremely sexy, 
young following. So, If you don't like sex, you better get out while 
you can." His letter called "The Health Revolution" told members 
that they did not need to brush their teeth. Saves money! 



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Church colonies have no more than twelve nnembers each, all 
members being brainwashed to become little Moses David robots. 

Marriage with the group is simply defined as sleeping with 
someone. There is no formal ceremony. 

The colonies many times get foodstuffs by stealing them from 
local supermarkets. They call this "spoiling Egypt!" Most 
Christians would call it stealing. The group witnesses in the street 
calling this function, "litnessing" and Berg tells them to "go ape... 
go until it hurts." This gets Mo's literature distributed and makes 
him money. They tell members that God's judgments are going to 
fall on the United States and that God is going to wipe out 
Americans and kill all the evil people. 

This cult uses a demonic conspiracy to subvert the true gospel 
of Jesus through a human agent whose mind has been blinded by 
the devil. As Christians we daily fight against the evil powers. Our 
adversary is a clever strategist, fully aware that people are 
vulnerable in their religious experiences. These cultic, false 
teachers not only imitate the real ministers of Christ, but regularly 
quote scriptures and distort the Bible for their own purposes. 

Fellow Christian, what if your child were to get caught up In a 
group like the Children of God? You would be tremendously 
concerned. Yet the Bible tells us to love our neighbors as our- 
selves and this indicates to me that we are to have the same concern 
for those outside of our close association. We have a 
responsibility to share the iove of Christ with everyone, and a 
special responsibility, I think, to witness to those who have fallen 
into the hands of the cults. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 



WEALTH OF THE BELIEVER 

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who 
hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in 
Christ:" Ephesians 1:3. 

The Word declares that He has already "blessed us with all 
spiritual blessings." This means that in Christ Jesus, from the time 
we were born again until we step into eternity. He has already 
blessed or made provision for us. Everything we need, He has 
already blessed us with. It is ours. In the mind of God, it is ours. 
We can find His provisions for His children in His Word and make 
them become a reality in our lives to the glory of God the Father. 

"Now I say. That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth 
nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors 
and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we. 



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when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the 
world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth 
His Son, made of a woman, made under the law. To redeem them 
that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of 
sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of 
His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art 
no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God 
through Christ." Gal. 4:1-7. 

Our place is as heirs. But, as long as we are little children, we get 
no more than servants. As we grow and mature we become sons 
and can appreciate what God our Father has provided for us. 

We are made alive unto God — Romans 6:11; I Cor. 15:22. We 
become a "new creation" — II Cor. 5:17. We are freely justified — 
Romans 3:24. There is "no condemnation" — Romans 8:1. The 
law of Christ makes us "free from the law of sin and death" — 
Romans 8:2. 

He causes us to be triumphant — II Cor. 2:14. We have liberty in 
Christ Jesus — Gal. 2:4. In the new creation, all people are created 
free and equal — Gal. 3:28. We are made heirs — Gal. 3:29. We will 
one day collect our full inheritance — Eph. 1:10. We find that our 
inheritance is in Christ. How did we obtain it? Eph. 1:11. 

We enjoy (taste or sample) the earnest of our inheritance — Eph. 
1:13, 14; 2:4-6. The purpose of giving us a part of our inheritance 
now is that He might show forth His grace in us — Eph. 2:7. God is 
the Master Workman who is perfecting us — Eph. 2:8-10. 

Brother C. L. Frost 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Part 8 

Continuing the thought of the Old Covenant and the Ten 
Commandments being no longer binding upon God's people, let 
us hear Paul about this matter. II ^-or. 3:3, "Forasmuch as ye are 
manifestly declared to be the ep. ,e of Christ ministered by us, 
written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in 
tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." Also in the 
seventh verse he says, "But if the ministration of death, written and 
engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel 
could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his 
countenance: which glory was to be done away." Here Paul plainly 
tells us that that which was written upon tables of stone was done 
away. How much plainer could he have made it? 

He tells us that they who go back to the Old Law (Old Covenant), 
the Covenant given to Israel, are in bondage. In Gal. 5:1, He says, 



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"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us 
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Also 
verse four says, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, who- 
soever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." 
Here we find the fallacy and the end of those who teach part of the 
"Old Covenant," which was given only to Israel. Paul simply says, 
they are fallen from grace. So we see that apparently the teaching 
of Jesus Christ means nothing to them. 

The whole Mosaic system ended at the Cross of Christ. Surely 
this is so plainly taught all through the New Testament that no one 
should deny it. This includes the whole code of laws, moral, civil, 
and ceremonial, along with the Ten Commandments. The entire 
system was framed to fit the Jewish Nation, and could not possibly 
be for the Gentile Christians, or Church, throughout the sixth 
Dispensation of the world, this Dispensation of Grace. Therefore 
God has given "a new way," a "new Dispensation," a "new 
Covenant," not the "Old Covenant" given to Israel which was in 
itself, not according to that which He made with the Fathers. 

Heb. 10:20, "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated 
for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh." Also in Heb. 8:7-9, 
"For if that first covenant had been faultless (the Covenant given to 
Israel, the Old Covenant), then should no place have been sought 
for the second. For finding fault with them (Israel), he saith. 
Behold, the days come (the days of the coming "Seed," the days of 
Christ), saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the 
house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the 
covenant that I made with their fathers (at the time of Moses) In the 
day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of 
Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded 
them not, saith the Lord." Here we see that the house of Israel and 
the house of Judah broke God's "everlasting covenant" with them, 
the "Old Covenant" which He had made with them. 

God then confirms, or states. His "New Covenant" with them, 
through Christ their coming "seed," which He promised them. "For 
this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after 
those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and 
write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they 
shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his 
neighbour, and every man his brother, saying. Know the Lord: for 
all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be 
merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their 
iniquities will I remember no more." This is God's new Covenant 
through Christ, Israel's seed, the new "Covenant of Grace." Heb. 
8:13, "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old 



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(the covenant made with Israel). Now that which decayeth and 
waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Christ said, "I come not to 
destroy the law and the prophets, but to fulfill." 

Paul teaches "a new ministration." II Cor. 3:8-9, "How shall not 
the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious? For if the 
ministration of condemnation by glory, much more doth the 
ministration of righteousness exceed in glory." A change also of 
the law... Heb. 7:11, "If therefore perfection were by the Levitical 
priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further 
need was there that another priest should rise after the order of 
Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?" A "new 
priesthood." Heb. 7:12, "For the priesthood being changed, there is 
made of necessity a change also of the law." 

Now, please examine carefully the following. "For the law was 
given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Jno. 
1:17. This indicates a change. Paul says, "Ye are not underthe law, 
but under grace." Gal. 3:24-25, "Wherefore the law was our school- 
master to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a school- 
master." Rom. 7:6, "But now we are delivered from the law..." 
Christ is the end of the law. "For Christ is the end of the law for 
righteousness to every one that believeth." Rom. 10:4. "The 
ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious." 
"...That which is done away was glorious," II Cor. 3:7-11. That ends 
the Decalogue. 

Eph. 2:15, "Having abolished in his flesh the emnity, even the law 
of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself 
of twain one new man, so making peace." Col. 2:14, "Blotting out 
the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was 
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross." 
Also verse 1 6, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, 
or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath 
days." Heb. 7:12, 18-19, "For the priesthood being changed there is 
made of necessity a change also of the law." "For there is verily a 
disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness 
and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, 
but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh 
unto God." 

Now, let us read Acts 15:1-29 and see the whole matter of the 
law, discussed by the apostles, and settled in the following words, 
"Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us 
have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye 
must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such 
commandment." In verse 24, we have the decision of the apostles. 



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clear and positive. They gave no such commandment to keep the 
law. They decided that Gentile Christians were free from the whole 
system of the law. That which was abolished at the cross was the 
entire system. God did not single out and abolish portions and 
parts of the Old Law, and leave other parts remaining; the whole 
system ended at the cross. 

Let us turn to the New Testament and settle this matter of what is 
binding upon us today, concerning the two convenants. Jesus 
says in Jno. 12:48, "..The word that I have spoken, the same shall 
judge him in the last day." Likewise in Matt. 17:5, we hear God 
speaking out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am 
well pleased; hear ye him." We have it from God Himself, that we 
are to hear only Jesus, not Moses and the law. Also Paul tells us, 
Heb. 1:1-2, "God... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his 
son..." Then in Heb. 2:3 this writer lets us know that our salvation 
was first spoken by the Lord Himself, while He was here on this 
earth. This is one of the most Important Scriptures in the Bible, on 
the subject, for It emphatically teaches us, that we are not to go 
beyond our Lord for our belief. If we do what Jesus commands us, 
is that not enough? And shall we not be safe and sure of His love? 
And the love of the Father? 

Where did Jesus ever command us to keep the seventh-day 
Sabbath? Nowhere. So Luke says, He was taken up, "after that he 
through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the 
apostles whom he had chosen." Acts 1:2. As Christ is our "Lord 
and Master," Jno. 13:13; the "head of the church," Eph. 1:22; our 
"all in all," Col. 3:11; having "all power In heaven and in earth," 
Matt. 28:1; and, "is the judge of the world," Jno. 5:22, how 
reasonable that He should give the laws to His Church. So, that is 
just what He did. Therefore if any one will obey the teaching of 
Christ as found in the New Testament, he need not fear about his 
salvation. On the other hand all should heed this warning, Heb. 
12:25, "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they 
escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall 
not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from 
heaven." 

We have now shown to the reader, God's Covenants from Adam 
to David. In this article and the previous one, we have pointed out 
His special Covenant with Israel, given for the fifth Dispensation, 
the Old Testament covenant of law and works. We have shown 
God's promise of a New Covenant through David and through 
Christ, as revealed in the New Testament Scriptures, a covenant 
which extends through the sixth and seventh Dispensations of the 
world and on through eternity. It is an Everlasting Covenant. There 



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is no doubt that when we study and rightly divide the Word of 
Truth, we will find that God intended a New Covenant for Israel, as 
a Nation, for the Bible tells us that, "Salvation is of the Jews." 
However, they broke the covenant and rejected their Messiah, 
Christ. 

When Israel (as a Nation) rejected Christ as their Messiah, the 
covenant was broken for them, for a time, and the New Covenant 
was extended to the Gentiles, Jno. 1:11-13; Matt. 21:42-43. These 
Scriptures prove this fact, as well as throughout the entire New 
Testament. The new covenant was sealed by Christ's blood. Note: 
the power under the blood. "For this is my blood of the new 
testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matt. 
26:28. The New Covenant is for the Church, as well as for Israel, 
both Jew and Gentile. Christ became the Mediator of the New 
Covenant, because He shed His blood, Heb. 9:15. We will leave 
further discussion of the New Covenant for the sixth Dispensation. 
Our next article will have to do with the Law of God for the fifth 
Dispensation. 

Brother William Root 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 

July 1 — "The Lord Will Be Gracious." Isaiah 30:15-33. 
July 8 — Vain is the Trust in Egypt. Isaiah 31:1-9 (32:1-20) 
July 15 — The Sinners Fear; The Righteous Blessed. Isaiah 33:1-24 
July 22 — Indignation of the Lord. Isaiah 34:1-13. 
July 29 — Salvation. Isaiah 35:1-10. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) What did the rebellious people of Israel say to the prophets 
of the Lord? Isaiah 30:10-11. 

(2) What did the prophet say of the Egyptians when the children 
of Israel put their trust in them? Isaiah 31:3. 

(3) Why were the sinners in Zion afraid? Isaiah 33:14. Why 
were the righteous blessed? Isaiah 33:15. 

(4) Where can we find out what God will do when people forget 
Him? Isaiah 34:16. 

(5) Who will have salvation and come to Zion with songs and 
everlasting joy? Isaiah 35:10. 

• •••••• 

RETAIN IDENTITY— As, when different seeds are cast into the 
ground together, each produces its proper herb; so the bodies of 
men, though mingled in the dust, shall each receive Its own 
identity in the resurrection. 



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MARRIAGE 



SMITH-REED 



Sis. Bridget Jo Smith, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Berton Smith, 
R.R. 2, Topeka, Indiana and Bro. Ross Reed, son of Bro. and Sis. 
William Reed, of Quinter, Kansas, were united in marriage April 21, 
1979 at the Goshen Dunkard Brethren Church. The ceremony was 
performed by the bride's father, Bro. Berton Smith. The couple is 
residing at 603 Castle Rock Road, Quinter, Kansas 67752. •• 

NEWS ITEMS 



MIDWAY, INDIANA 

We met Saturday, May 12 in the Midway Church house with a 
District Meeting Committee for the purpose of disorganizing and 
selling the property. Naturally we regret having to take this step 
but for practical reasons feel it must be done. 

Besides an announcement, this notice can serve as an invitation 
to anyone interested to come to our sale set for 1 P.M., Saturday, 
June 30. The three-fourths acre property and church supplies in 
the building are to be sold by auction. 

We have about forty Brethren Hymnals in fair condition which 
we would pass along directly to some mission or congregation that 
needs them. If interested, let me know soon. 

Midway Cor Brother Paul B. Myers 
R. 4, Box 328 
Peru, Indiana 46970 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

The Ridge Congregation plans to hold a revival from July 1 to 8, 
1979 with Brother Virgil Leatherman as our evangelist. Lovefeast 
will be held on Saturday, July 7. Come and enjoy these services 
with us. 

Sister Irene Harris, Cor. 



BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

A spring lovefeast was enjoyed by the Bethel Congregation, 
April 29. Visiting ministers were Frank Shaffer, Laverne Keeney 
and Jack Snyder. Bro. Shaffer officiated in the evening. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JULY, 1979 
DELIVERANCE 

Memory Verse: I Sam. 12:10 
And they cried unto the Lord, and 
said, We have sinned, because we 
have forsaken the Lord, and have 
served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but 
now deliver us out of the hand of 
our enemies, and we will serve 



thee. 






Sun. 1 - 


1 Sam. 


12:1-25 


Mon. 2 


- 1 Sam. 


14:1-23 


Tues. 3 


- 1 Sam 


. 14:24-52 


Wed. 4 


- 1 Sam. 


17:1-16 


Thur. 5 


- 1 Sam 


17:17-31 


Fri. 6- 


Sam. 17:32-58 


Sat. 7 - 


1 Sam. ; 


23:1-29 



Memory Verse: I Sam. 12:21 
And turn ye not aside: for then 
should ye go after vain things, 
which cannot profit nor deliver; 
for they are vain. 

Sun. 8- I Sam. 24:1-22 

Mon. 9- I Sam. 26:1-25 

Tues. 10- I Sam. 28:1-25 

Wed. 11-1 Sam. 30:1-25 

Thur. 12- II Sam. 5:1-25 

Fri. 13- II Sam. 12:1-23 

Sat. 14- II Sam. 14:1-20 



Memory Verse: I Sam. 17:37 
David said morover, The Lord that 
delivered me out of the paw of the 
Lion, and out of the paw of the 



bear, he will deliver me out of the 
hand of this Philistine. And Saul 
said unto David, Go, and the Lord 
be with thee. 

Sun. 15- II Sam. 18:1-17 

Mon. 16- II Sam. 18:18-33 

Tues. 17- II Sam. 19:1-23 

Wed. 18-11 Sam. 19:24-43 

Thur. 19- II Sam. 22:1-25 

Fri. 20- II Sam. 22:26-51 

Sat. 21 - I Kings 8:1-21 



Memory Verse: I Sam. 26:24 
And, behold, as thy life was much 
set by this day in mine eyes, so let 
my life be much set by in the eyes 
of the Lord, and let him deliver me 
out of all tribulation. 

Sun. 22 - I Kings 8:22-43 

Mon. 23 - I Kings 8:44-66 

Tues. 24- I Kings 13:1-19 

Wed. 25- I Kings 13:20-34 

Thur. 26- I Kings 17:1-24 

Fri. 27- I Kings 18:1-20 

Sat. 28- I Kings 18:21-46 



Memory Verse: II Sam. 22:2 
And he said. The Lord is my rock, 
and my fortress, and my deliverer; 

Sun. 29- I Kings 20:1-21 

Mon. 30- I Kings 20:22-43 

Tues. 31 - I Kings 22:1-40 



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VOL. LVII 



JULY 1, 1979 



NO. 13 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go Into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



DON'T YOU QUIT 

Maybe you're having grief and trouble, 
Maybe you think that the trials come double, 
And life is shaking you up a bit; 
But keep up your courage, and don't you quit. 

Maybe your heart is filled with pain, 

And you're all alone in the windy rain, 

And your friends have failed, and you're pretty hard hit; 

But trust in the Lord, and don't you quit 

And don't you quit for the jeers of the crowd, 
And don't you give up for the threatening cloud. 
Remember it's darkest just before dawn. 
And the sun will shine when the night is gone. 

The Lord has measured with tenderest care 
What you can do, and what you can bear. 
If the sun is gone, the stars are lit, 
So trust in the Lord, and don't you quit. 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



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RESPONSIBILITY 

As parents we want our children to grow up to be responsible 
adults; as citizens we want our governmental leaders to be 
responsible in their decisions and actions; as travelers we want a 
pilot, engineer or driver to be responsible so we can travel as safely 
as possible. We do not appreciate the irresponsible. 

The word "responsibility" speaks of one who is able to keep his 
promise. The responsible will fulfill their promises, whether it is 
the repayment of a debt, fulfilling their vows, or performing their 
work. The irresponsible lack the ability and often the desire to 
carry out their obligations either for themselves or others. 

As individuals over the age of accountability we have many 
responsibilities to carry out. We have a responsibility toward God, 
the Church and our peers. But before we can carry these duties 
out we must realize the responsibility that we have toward the 
eternal soul that God has put within each of us. We must realize 
that God has given us custody and choice regarding our soul's 
eternal destiny. Either that destiny will be an eternity of Heavenly 
bliss or Hellish agony. God has not only given us this soul but He 
has provided the Way so bliss could be Its eternal state. To fail in 
our responsibility is to double grieve God, the Giver and Deliverer 
of our soul. 

Once this responsibility is met, the Christian can have a 
Christian life which fulfills these responsibilities. The Christian 
owes a debt of love to God for His delivering power, therefore the 
Christian has these responsibilities to fulfill, although their fulfill- 
ment can never repay God. 

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The Christian is responsible to God. God has given His 
Commandments to the Christian through the Bible. The New 
Testament commands are not optional for Christians. They are 
mandatory. If it were not for God's love He would not have given 
these commands, for they are given for the enrichment of the 
Spiritual life. The Christian is responsible to offer thanks and 
praise to God for the many benefits He has received. Also there is a 
responsibility to duly recognize His efforts in our behalf even in the 
presence of unbelievers. 

The Christian owes responsibility to the Church. The Church is 
the Body of Christ. Since He is the Head of the Body, any who are 
not a part of the Body are not under His Headship. Any who do not 
acknowledge His Headship are trying to enter Heaven by some 
other way, which will classify them as thieves and robbers. There is 
no place in Heaven for thieves and robbers. There is no way but 
through Jesus Christ for He is "the Way, the Truth and the Life." 
This Body is mystical since it is composed of those widely 
separated around this world and of those living and dead. But the 
Body is also an organization set up by Christ, put into action by the 
Apostles, protected by God and served by Godly men. Each 
member is responsible to live a life that will not bring reproach 
upon the Church by carrying out the Church's counsels and 
regulations. The counsels of the Church are designed as a hedge 
to protect the Christian from the inducements of the world. This 
hedge puts a distance between the Christian and the world. 

The Christian is responsible toward all men, whether Christians 
or unbelievers. Each person is responsible for his own soul and 
he is the only one who can make the choice for or against 
salvation. Yet the Christian has a responsibility to the lost to make 
known to him the plan of salvation. The unbeliever must be made 
aware of his Spiritual condition through the reading of the Bible, 
through the preached word or through personal testimony and 
teaching. The Christian's responsibility continues beyond the 
conversion of a sinner. He is responsible to set a good example in 
his living, by giving of time and finances and by faithful teaching. 

Responsibility is increased as knowledge increases. When 
Christians sit under the sound of the Gospel whether from week to 
week in their home congregations or at General Conference they 
acquire a greater responsibility. They have a responsibility for their 
own souls, their Christian lives and the evangelization of the lost. 
When responsibility increases the penalty for not fulfilling it also 
increases. 'Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it 
not, to him it is sin." James 4:17. 



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We have a great responsibility. We are responsible for our own 
soul's welfare then have a responsibility to God, the Church and 
our fellow-men. Let us fulfill these great responsibilities with the 
help of God, our Maker and Deliverer. 

LORD, HELP ME NOT TO HINDER 

"Lord, if I can't help, please help me not to hinder. When 
someone needs just a friend to talk to, help me to listen quietly lest 
I cause discouragement. Help me to be kind, to love even the 
unlovable. If I'm not kind, others will be sure that I care only about 
myself. When I needed love and kindness. You helped me, so help 
me to help others, and not hinder." Did you ever pray like that? 
You should, because we ought not hinder, but often we do, and 
only God can help us not to. 

The disciples rebuked those who brought little children to Jesus. 
They evidently thought these people were being a nuisance and 
wanted to protect Jesus from such interruptions. In reality, they 
were being a hindrance. The parents wanted their children to be 
blessed, not shoved aside, and Jesus did bless them. He said, 
"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for 
of such is the kingdom of God." Read Mark 10:13-16. Jesus wants 
us to be childlike and receptive, not a hindrance. 

The man with palsy had to be let down through the roof in order 
to be in Jesus' presence. His friends were determined to bring him 
to Jesus, but the multitude hindered them. The people possibly 
could have stepped aside and made a path for the man, but they 
were more concerned about their own needs. Imagine their 
surprise when Jesus forgave the man's sins and healed him 
completely in a moment's time! Their attitudes changed con- 
siderably. "And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and 
were filled with fear, saying. We have seen strange things to day." 
Luke 5:26. 

Sometimes our unbelieving friends try to hinder us, although 
they may not realize it. Jairus' friends told him not to bother Jesus 
because his daughter had already died (see Mark 5:35). Jesus told 
him to not be afraid, but only believe. Jairus had already asked 
Jesus to heal his daughter while she was still alive; now Jesus 
indicated He would honor that request, even though the girl was 
dead. In a seemingly impossible situation, Jesus asked Jairus to 
believe. He wants us to believe also and not be hindered by those 
who say it's hopeless. 

Another seemingly hopeless situation was the death of Lazarus 
(see John 11). Jesus lingered where He was, allowing Lazarus to 
die. He withheld His healing touch — why? Verse 4 says for the 



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glory of God. Mary and Martha couldn't see that, anymore than we 
can see why God delays in answering our prayers. Jesus knew He 
would give Lazarus life again, just as He knows how He will provide 
for our needs. Our own heartaches and our limited spiritual vision 
hinders us many times, but Jesus has compassion on us and will 
help us. He is touched by our grief just as He was by theirs. 

The Scribes and Pharisees didn't want to be in the kingdom of 
Heaven (see Matt. 23:13) and they didn't want anyone else to go In 
either. With their selfrighteous ways, they hindered many people. 
As leaders, they should have been giving spiritual help and 
guidance as well as setting a good example, but they did neither. 
As followers of Christ, we should be careful that we do not hinder 
anyone. We have been given God's Word, so let's share it with 
others. It is very important that we do what we can to help others 
find Christ and to remain faithful to Him. 

Our spiritual progress can be hindered In many ways, and often, 
if our own is hindered, we in turn hinder others. David was given 
Saul's armor; all it was, was a hindrance to him. He went forth in 
the Lord's strength and that's all he needed. Our possessions and 
family ties can hinder us; discouragement can also. But we are 
hindered more greatly by unbelief. If we fully believe, if we trust 
God and have peace within, we can encourage others to trust Him 
also. If we do not trust Him, we discourage others by that very act. 

"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this 
rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in 
his brother's way." Rom. 14:13. People fall often enough without us 
putting something in their way to make them fall. If we love others, 
we will be more careful, for it is love which keeps us from 
hindering. "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there 
is none occasion of stumbling in him." I John 2:10. "Lord, help us 
all to love and help, not to hinder." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

CULTS 

THE WAY 

"Church" is a word that many people misunderstand today. It 
seems that it has come to mean something completely different 
than what it meant to early Christians. In this time when people are 
looking for a new understanding and a new experience of what the 
Church really is, their search causes them to engage in activities 
such as cults. A recent Gallup poll showed that ninety-four percent 
of Americans believe in "God or a universal spirit," and seventy- 
one percent in life after death. But only forty-four percent had "a 
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percent are deliberately "unchurched." The "ekklesia" (church) 
should mean that we are a group of people called together for the 
same special purpose — that of worshipping the Lord and sharing 
Him with other people. As we strive to do His commandments and 
keep Him foremost in our lives, we depend on Him to help us resist 
a satan that is out to destroy us. One of the ways we can be 
destroyed spiritually is by putting our trust in 'The Way," the last 
cult that will be discussed in this series. 

The Way begins teaching most of their people by having them 
take a class called, Power for Abundant Living. This course 
consists of about thirty-three hours of tapes over a three week 
period. In any given week it is estimated that one thousand 
Americans start this study at a cost of $85.00, the minimum 
"donation" required. The information was developed by The Way 
International, a Bible research and teaching organization with 
headquarters in New Knoxville, Ohio. The founder and prophet is 
Victor Paul Wierwille, 59, a former minister of the Evangelical 
Reformed Church. They have over twenty thousand followers in 
fifty states and thirty-seven foreign countries. The Way College of 
Emporia, Kansas is owned by them and has a student body of over 
four hundred unfortunate students. Wierwille claims to have 
received direct audible communication from God. He claims to 
have rediscovered the long lost "true" teachings of the original 
Apostles. 

In their course, in the twelfth session, the student is asked to 
speak in tongues. Anyone who is honest at that point knows it is 
just a bunch of babbling. In a "how to" book, Wierwille says, "First, 
become quiet, become relaxed, (the seeker need not beg God for 
the experience), rest your head back and breath deeply, believing 
you can breathe in the spirit. Then just move your tongue and your 
throat, and you can speak in tongues." He really doesn't believe in 
the Spirit so he shouldn't be concerned about that gift anyway. He 
writes "Holy Spirit" in small letters and rejects His personage. 

In one of Wierwille's more recent books entitled "Jesus Christ is 
Not God" he underscores Bible teachings relative to the Triune 
Godhead. Not only does he deny the doctrine of the Trinity, but he 
also rejects the Old Testament having any validity for Christians. 
He says that four thieves were crucified with Christ, not two, and 
that Jesus was not a Jew, only a Judean and concludes that 
humans experience a kind of soul sleep upon death. 

This group witnesses in stores, restaurants, and in other public 
places, preying on lonely, unhappy or confused young people. 
Members actually become Wierwille robots. They many times have 
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The members are told to try to get away from parents because 
Satan works through them. Their overall goal Is to open up all 
major campuses in the Nation to their courses and program. They 
are working hard to achieve that objective. 

Brothers and Sisters, those who love the Lord, this is serious 
business. Our youth can be susceptable to these false religions if 
we do not make them aware of the true Biblical teachings and give 
them the knowledge and desire to fight against these evil 
influences. Our responsibility is awsome, but all things are 
possible and work for the good of those who love the Lord. We 
individually are insignificant, but with a giant of a God in us, we 
can spread the true Gospel until His return. 

Brother Leonard Wertz 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE 

DALE OLDHAM 

A man said to me, "It doesn't make any difference what a person 
believes as long as he is sincere." That may have sounded like a 
very wise and broad-minded statement to him but to me it was just 
plain nonsense. How could such a man grow spiritually? 

What we believe makes the difference between life and death, 
peace and pain, hope and despair, trust and pessimism, heaven 
and hell. I may hand you a bottle labeled "Essence of Peppermint" 
when actually it contains deadly strychnine. If you touch the 
contents to your lips, you will die, no matter what you think the 
bottle contains. It is tremendously important that what we believe 
turns out to be the truth. Nothing erects a barrier to progress more 
quickly than to believe a lie, or to give ourselves to false doctrine or 
erroneous philosophies. 

If you wish to grow spiritually, it is very important what you 
believe because you are what you believe. "As he thinketh in his 
heart, so is he," the Bible tells us (see Prov. 23:7). To believe the 
truth lends power for day-by-day victorious living. Unbelief and 
negative thinking produce negative, weak living... 

Just what do you believe? What are your intellectual con- 
victions? What do you accept as being true? The answers to these 
questions will make a tremendous difference in the way you live, 
the way you handle your job, the way you get along with people, 
the quality of your family life, and your attitude toward the future. 
Benedict Arnold was the product of what he believed. So was 
Abraham Lincoln. But so are you. What you believe makes a 
difference in the way you live, and it will make a difference in the 
way you die. 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES 

MATTHEW 5:43-48 

Did you ever hate anyone? Did you ever feel that someone hated 
you? Anyone who hates you is your enemy. Jesus says to love 
your enemies. How can you love someone who doesn't like you? 

Jesus had many enemies. They didn't like Him because He told 
them about their sins. Jesus loved them and wanted to help them. 
The only way that Jesus could help people who were sinners was 
to make them realize that they were doing wrong. If we don't know 
we are sinful, we have no way to correct our mistakes and do what 
is right. Jesus called the Pharisees, "hypocrites." A hypocrite is 
one who tries to make people believe he is good when really he Is 
bad. Jesus said they were like whited sepulchres which appear to 
be beautiful on the outside but within they are full of dead men's 
bones and of all uncleaness. Because Jesus told them the truth, 
they hated Him and planned to put Him to death. 

How could Jesus love people like that? Jesus came to seek and 
to save the lost. He said, "I came not to call the righteous but 
sinners to repentance." But who is righteous? There is none 
righteous, no not one. We all need Jesus. Without Him we are 
unrighteous; we are all sinful. We can only become righteous by 
letting Jesus come into our hearts and control our thoughts and 
actions. It is only through Jesus that we can love our enemies. 

Jesus died on the cross for His enemies. He said, "Father forgive 
them; for they know not what they do." Jesus loved His enemies 
even though they nailed Him to the cross. If Jesus did that for us, 
how can we hate anyone? 

After Jesus rose again from the grave and went to Heaven, Peter 
preached to the people and said, "Therefore let all the house of 
Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom 
ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Now when they heard 
this, they were pricked to their heart and said unto Peter and the 
apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" When they 
realized what they had done to Jesus, the Son of God, they knew 
they were guilty. Do you know that if you sin your are just as guilty 
as they? That's why Jesus had to die on the cross — because 
people are sinful. It was the only way that God could forgive sin. 
Jesus paid the price so you and I could go free — if we only will 
choose to let Jesus control our lives. 

Peter told those people, "Repent, and be baptized every one of 
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye 
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." This is the only way we 



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can love our enemies. We should not love their sinful ways but we 
should love their souls. We should want them to come to Jesus, 
too, and receive the promise of forgiveness and eternal life. 

Can you love your enemies? Yes, you can if you let Jesus come 
into your heart. When you receive His Holy Spirit, then you can be 
like Jesus. You can love your enemies like Jesus did. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



EXHORTATION 

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members 
have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in 
Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts 
differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether 
prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or 
ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on 
teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: He that giveth, let 
him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that 
sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness." Romans 12:4-8. 

"Exhortation," in Romans 12:8, means "to stimulate faith, to spur 
on." God's exhortation to Abraham and to any of His children is in 
Genesis 17:1, "I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou 
perfect." 

The believer with the gift of exhortations wants everyone to take 
up the banner of faith and march toward the high calling in Christ 
Jesus, Phil. 3:14. 

Consider Barnabas, "who, when he came," to Antioch, "and had 
seen the grace of God," in those recent converts, "was glad, and 
exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave 
unto the Lord. For" Barnabas was a righteous man, "and full of the 
Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the 
Lord." Acts 11:23-24. 

Exhortation spurs the believer onward. "The words of the wise 
are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, 
which are given from one shepherd." Eccles. 12:11. 

We have been called with an holy calling. The exhorter assures 
the believer, with Scriptures and experiences, that the Lord knows 
the way. 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord... though he 
fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him 
with His hand." Psalms 37:23-24. "For thou wilt light my candle: the 
Lord my God will enlighten my darkness." Psalms 18:28. 

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"Furthermore then we beseech you. brethren, and exhort you by 
the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk 
and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 

The exhorter is to rejoice "in hope," be patient "in tribulation," 
and continue diligent "in prayer," Romans 12:12. He is to hear the 
Lord's command regarding the tabernacle, in Exodus 27:20, 
"...Bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp 
to burn always." The exhorter is to stimulate the believer to be 
"...like a green olive tree in the house of God..." Psalms 52:8, to 
claim that high calling in Christ Jesus. 

"...(We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the 
Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14. 

Brother 0. L. Frost 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

PART 9 

In this, the fifth Dispensation, we have the Law of God given to 
Israel, through Moses. This was the Law, which was so often 
spoken of by the Apostle Paul and others, as the Law of Works, 
That law was to be "Theocratic." We believe, as revealed by the 
Holy Scriptures, that it must have been God's intention, at first, to 
rule His first, chosen people Israel, without an earthly King, in the 
nature of a fleshly kingdom. He would rule His earthly people 
through representatives of men. He would appoint or choose many 
leaders, from Moses on down through David to Christ, His Son, the 
coming seed, who was to rule His people Israel. 

Again, we repeat their government was to be Theocratic. At this 
point, we wish to give our readers references from the Holy 
Scriptures, showing that God was the Supreme Law Giver to all 
previous dispensations of the world and especially to this fifth 
Dispensation, the Law of God through Moses. Isa 33:22; Isa. 51:4; 
James 4:12, "There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to 
destroy: who art thou that judgest another?" 

In the Dispensation that we are studying, Moses was chosen by 
God, to act as His Law Giver to the people, Exod. 34:31-32; Deut. 
4:44; Deut. 33:4. John also said, John 1:17, "For the law was given 
by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Also John 
7:19, "Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth 
the law? Why go ye about to kill me?" These were Christ's own 
words. "This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A 
prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your 
brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the 
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Mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to 
give unto us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him 
from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt. 
Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this 
Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what 
is become of him." Acts 7:37-40. 

At this point let us note God's preparation of Israel to receive His 
Ceremonial Law. The following Scripture will reveal their 
preparation, Exod. 19:7-9; Exod. 20:1-17. These reveal the Ten 
Commandments. For all these Israel despised God's Law. II Chron. 
36:16, "But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his 
words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose 
against his people, till there was no remedy." Yet, notice, not- 
withstanding this, it did not disannul the fact, that God had 
enjoined the keeping of their law. Please read the following 
references, Deut. 17:18-19; Josh. 23:6; I Chron. 22:12; Psa. 28:7. 

They were a rebellious house, a rebellious people, as proclaimed 
by David and the other Prophets, Psa. 78:10; Isa. 30:9; Isa. 1:3-4; 9; 
20; 23; Isa. 5:24; Jer. 6:19; Jer. 9:13; Hos. 4:6; Amos. 2:4. Then Jesus 
sums it up by saying in Mark 7:9, "And he said unto them. Full well 
ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own 
tradition." The natural result was that Israel's Ceremonial Law was 
abolished in Christ. Eph. 2:15-16, "Having abolished in his flesh the 
enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; 
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 
And that might reconcile both unto God (meaning both Jew and 
Gentile) in one body (the Church) by the cross, having slain the 
enmity thereby." 

Also, as we have shown previously in these articles, Col. 2:14, 
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, 
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his 
cross." The writer to the Hebrews clears it up in the following, Heb. 
10:1 , "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not 
the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which 
they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto 
perfect." "And this word, yet once more, signifieth the removing of 
those things that are shaken may remain." Heb. 12:27. Hence we 
now have, in the sixth Dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace, a 
better law based upon better promises. We have now given to our 
readers the Law between God and the children of Israel. We will 
now take up their sacrifices for sin. 

At the beginning of this discussion, let us note the Doctrine of 
the "ATONEMENT," briefly. The sacrifices of Israel's Dispensation 
(the fifth) were, as the sacrifices of the previous Dispensation's, a 



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sacrifice of the blood of animals, fowls, pigeons, and so forth. The 
law for these sacrifices is found in the following Scriptures. Lev. 
4:20; Exod. 29:14; Lev. 8:34; Lev. 10:17; Exod. 30:10; Lev. 16:6-10; 
all these were for a Sin offering. Now, note the purpose of these 
sacrifices, which show they are of blood or the shedding of blood. 
The Word tells us, Lev. 17:11, "For the life of the flesh is in the 
blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atone- 
ment for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh atonement for 
the soul." Before leaving our discussion of these sacrifices of 
blood, under the law, we have a few more scriptures concerning 
Israel's sacrifices for sin. Let us read carefully the following 
references: Lev. 4:3; 6:25, 9:15, 10:17; Num. 15:27. These scriptures 
show fairly well the "Atonement and Sacrifices," of the fifth 
Dispensation, the Dispensation of "Law and Works." They show 
also that Israel's Law was an imperfect Law, hence God gave to the 
next Dispensation (the sixth), the Dispensation of Grace, a New 
Law and a New Covenant. 

Let us now distinguish between and compare LAW and GRACE. 
We turn now to Heb. 9:1-28. This is a very important Bible Doctrine 
and we should learn it well. Verses 1-10, "Then verily the first 
covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly 
sanctuary (meaning the dispensation of Law). For there was a 
tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the 
table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after 
the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 
which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid 
round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had 
manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the 
covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy 
seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these 
things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first 
tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second 
went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, 
which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The 
Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was 
not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet 
standing: Which was a figure for the time then present (meaning 
under the Law), in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, 
that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining 
to the conscience which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers 
washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time 
of reformation." These verses just cited shew the "imperfection of 
the legal sacrifices, in what is called, the legal dispensation." 

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dispensation of grace." Heb. 9:11-15, "But Christ being come an 
high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect 
tabernacle, not made with hands, that Is to say, not of this building 
(the building of the earthly house, or tabernacle); Neither by the 
blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once 
into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For 
if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer 
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifleth to the purifying of the flesh: 
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal 
Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience 
from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is 
the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the 
redemption of the transgressions that were under the first 
testament (the Old Law), they which are called might receive the 
promise of eternal inheritance." This is the Eternal, Spiritual 
Inheritance through Christ, the Seed of Abraham; therefore we 
have Israel's Spiritual inheritance outlined in Holy Writ, as well as 
an earthly heritage. 

In continuation of this comparison of the two Covenants, Law 
and Grace, we will, because of their importance, read and bring 
into discussion all the remaining verses of Hebrews 9. Beginning 
with verse 16, "For where a testament Is, there must also of 
necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force 
after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all while the 
testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was 
dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every 
precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of 
calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and 
sprinkled both the book, and all the people. Saying, this is the 
blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. More- 
over he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the 
vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged 
with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was 
therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens 
should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves 
with better sacrifices than these. For Christ Is not entered into the 
holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but 
into heaven itself, now to appear In the presence of God for us: Not 
yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth 
Into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must 
he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now 
once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by 
the sacrifice of himself." Hence Christ Is the one and only sacrifice 
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So, man after this one sacrifice of Christ must give an account of 
his life to God. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but 
after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins 
of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the 
second time without sin unto salvation." 

The Hebrew writer sums up these things in Heb. 10:11, "And 
every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the 
same sacrifices, which can never take away sins." 

Brother William Root 



OBITUARY 

ETHEL MINNICH 

Sister Ethel Minnich was born May 7, 1913 at Glendora, Cali- 
fornia. She passed away January 21, 1979attheMt. Hope Dunkard 
Brethren Old Folks Home where she had been a resident for the 
past few years. Young in life, Sis. Minnich became a member of the 
Church of the Brethren, and for the past nine years had been a 
member of the Dunkard Brethren Church, Frystown, Pennsylvania. 

Funeral services were held at the Dunkard Brethren Church, 
Frystown with burial at the Spring-Creek Church of the Brethren 
Cemetery, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Brethren David Kegerreis and 
Jack Snyder officiated at these services. 



MARRIAGE 

ST. JOHN - EBY 

Sister Laranda K. St. John, daughter of Elder and Sister Dean St. 
John, Camden, Michigan and Bro. Lloyd C. Eby, son of Bro. and 
Sister George Eby, Wauseon, Ohio, were united in marriage May 
12, 1979, at the home of the bride's parents. The new couple is at 
home at 1-7512-19, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. 

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BE CAREFUL 

How you spend your time is more important than how you 
spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is 
lost forever. 

— David B. Norris 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

Add to the ministerial list: 

Bro. Wilbur L. Uplinger (M) 

R. 1. Box 11 

Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 
The new address and telephone number of Elder David F. Ebling 
Is R. 1 Box 300A, Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506, 215-488-7185. 

BROADWATER, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, the Broadwater Congregation will have an 
eight day Revival Meeting, July 28 through August 5 with Elder 
Jacob Ness of York, Pennsylvania as our evangelist. 

Saturday, August 4 there will be services at 2:30 p.m. with Love 
Feast in the evening. 

A cordial invitation is given to all to come and enjoy these 
meetings with us. 

We ask an interest in your prayers for the salvation of souls and 
that the Church may be built up in that most Holy Faith. 

Sister Bertha Dorsey, Cor. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, the Walnut Grove Congregation will hold a 
series of Revival Meetings from July 20 through July 29, 1979. 
Elder Edward Johnson of Wauseon, Ohio, will be the Evangelist. 

We invite each one to come and enjoy these meetings with us. 
Pray that the Church may be strengthened in the work of the Lord 
and that more souls may be saved. 

Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 

• •••••• 

A GENTLE WORD 

One gentle word that we may speak 

Or one kind, loving deed, 

May, though a trifle, poor and weak 

Prove like a tiny seed: 

And who can tell what good may spring 

From such a very little thing? 

Author unknown 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Qu inter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 242 

Morenci, Mich. 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York. Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
R. 1, Box 242 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
M8158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 
4925 Tegner Rd. 
HugPison, Ca. 95326 
209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 
512 Garfield 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
91 3-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 
R. 1, Box 4 
Minburn, Iowa 50167 
515-677-2467 
Jack Snyder 
R. 1 

Stevens, Pa. 17578 
215-267-3174 
Robert Carpenter 
R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 
317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



Lester B'isher 
4664 N. Sta^e 
Covington, OH 



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VOL. LVII JULY 15. 1979 NO. 14 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual In life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go Into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



CROWNED OR CRUCIFIED? 

I stood alone at the bar of God, 

In the hush of the twilight dim, 

And faced the question that pierced my heart; 

"What will you do with Him? 

Crowned or crucified? What shall it be?" 

No other choice was offered to me. 

I looked on the face so marred with tears, 

That were shed in His agony. 

The look in His kind eyes broke my heart; 

Twas full of love for me: 

"The crown or the cross," It seemed to say; 

"For or against Me — choose thou today." 

I knelt in tears at the feet of Christ, 

In the hush of the twilight dim, 

And all that I was, or hoped, or sought, 

Surrendered unto Him. 

Crowned, not crucified; my heart shall know 

No king but Christ who loved me so. 

Author unknown 

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REMINDERS 

The Tabernacle, and later the Temple, was divided into two 
rooms. The first room was the Holy Place where the Priests 
ministered daily. The second room, the Holy of Holies, was 
entered only once a year by the High Priest, when he offered the 
atonement for the sins of himself and the people. Among the items 
in that room were the golden pot of manna, Aaron's rod that 
budded and the Tables of the Law. These items were reminders to 
the Jews. Although only the High Priest saw these things, the 
people knew they were there and could think upon them. 

The golden pot that contained manna reminded them of God's 
provision for their bodies. They had heard often of the Wilderness 
journey of their ancestors and knew God had miraculously 
provided manna for them. Although it had been loathed at times, it 
was God's means of delivering them physically. This potful was a 
reminder of His care and that His provision was far better than the 
foods they had craved. 

Aaron's rod that budded was a reminder that God has an order 
and a government among His people. Moses and Aaron had been 
ordained by God but others rebelled against God's government. 
When the test of the twelve rods came, only Aaron's rod budded — 
not only did it bud but brought forth almonds in one day. This 
showed not only who were established by God but also the fruit- 
fulness of God's order and organization. This rod was kept in the 
Holy of Holies as a reminder to Israel that rebellion would not be 
tolerated. 

The tables of stone were a reminder of the Word of God. The law 
of God had been etched upon these stone tables. This was the 

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Word of God. These tables reminded them that the Word of God is 
permanent and unchanging. The Word He had spoken was to be 
kept and continued in all their generations. Too often they were 
prone to follow the trends of the World but this served as a 
reminder that God's Word was still the standard their lives were to 
be measured by. 

Being human, Christians also need reminders of God's provision 
and rule. In the ordinances and practices of the Church we find 
reminders of God, Christ and godly living. 

Christians assemble on the Lord's Day for worship and fellow- 
ship. While all days of the week offer the opportunity for serving 
God, the First Day serves as a reminder of the Resurrection of 
Jesus. Our minds are refreshed with thoughts of the salvation 
wrought through His Resurrection. We should make regular use of 
this reminder. 

The prayer covering is a reminder to the wearer and those who 
observe her. All are reminded of the need and the power of prayer. 
It serves to remind the wearer that not all activities are consistant 
with that prayer veil. The wearer is also reminded of the relation- 
ship of men, women and God. The covering acknowledges God's 
order in the family and society showing man to be the head of 
woman. The man who sees the covering may be reminded that 
Christ is his head. 

Plain dressing serves as a reminder that God wants His People to 
be different from the surrounding world. God wants a people 
modest not only in dress but in deeds as well. 

Probably the greatest reminder given to Christians is the 
Lovefeast service. Here is a reminder of the commands of God, 
that need to be carried out, and of Jesus our Saviour. Feetwashing 
is a reminder of humility and service but it reminds us as well of the 
way to happiness. Jesus' instructions show an actual act that 
needs to be done in order that promised happiness or blessings 
can be ours. The Lord's Supper reminds us of the supper Jesus ate 
with His Apostles in the evening before His betrayal. Here is a 
reminder of a tender and loving fellowship. It reminds not only of 
the past but of a promised Marriage Supper of the Lamb in the 
future. Then Jesus will serve and minister to those who have a part 
in the unending fellowship of Heaven. The communion, the bread 
and the cup, reminds us very solemnly of the broken body and 
shed blood of Jesus. Jesus meant for this ordinance to be a 
reminder to us. 'That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he 
was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke 
it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken foryou: this 
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cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in 
my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." 
I Cor. 11:23b-25. 

We have been given many reminders of God's provision for us 
physically and Spiritually. We now must use them for their 
intended purpose. How good is your memory? 

IF YOU ARE IN A VALLEY 

"If you are in a valley, farm it." So stated a minister in a Sunday 
morning message. Just what is a valley and how can we farm it? 
A valley is an area surrounded by mountains. The most fertile soil 
is in that valley, the protected area, not on the mountain peaks 
where vision is unlimited. When someone is going through a time 
of testing or heartache, we say that one is going through a valley, 
for they are surrounded by spiritual mountains. We soon recognize 
a valley but finding a way to farm it is another matter. 

You can think of a valley in two ways, either a place where you 
are hemmed in or a place where you are protected. The valleys are 
where we live. We have mountain-top experiences, spiritual highs 
or peaks, but we don't live there. We know we are to walk by faith, 
not by sight (II Cor. 5:7), but it is easier said than done. Our hearts 
desire to see, to know what's ahead, but in a valley, our vision is 
limited. The difference between feeling hemmed in and protected 
is whether we can trust the Lord. We must trust Him if we want 
peace. "Thou wilt keep him in perfectpeace, whose mind is stayed 
on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3. 

The natural valleys on this earth are generally the most fruitful, 
not the mountain peaks. The valleys we go through can be farmed 
and made to yield fruit just as in the natural valleys. In I Sam. 6:13, 
we are told of people reaping wheat in the valley. Song of Solomon 
6:11 speaks of the fruits of the valley, 2:1 of the lily of the valleys. 
(Did you ever hear of a mountain-top lily?) These valleys yielded 
natural fruit. Ours should yield the fruit of the Spirit, such as love, 
joy, peace, gentleness, faith. Gal. 5:22-23. 

To farm a valley is to make it productive, to cultivate and weed 
out the undesirable things so the desirable things can grow. 
Without farming, a valley would probably just grow wild. With 
farming, growth and fruit-bearing happen during the trials of life. 
The greatest growth may come during the most ordinary trials, but 
however it comes, it is a time of cultivation. It is a time when God 
weeds out our undesirable qualities, so that which is desirable can 
grow and bear fruit. 

The distress caused by a trial may not be ordinary at all, but 
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what we have to bear so we are not overwhelmed by it. Sometimes 
God hems us in by a trial for our own good. If we had no obstacles, 
often we would do something which would only hurt ourselves and 
others. Even though frustrating, such obstacles are a protection 
which we can see later after the crisis has passed. 

Our growth is not complete without love. We can understand 
alot, we can do alot, even have faith, but without love, it's worth- 
less. While we are in these valleys, it is love which keeps us kind. It 
is love which keeps us from being easily provoked and short- 
tempered. It is love which enables us to rejoice in the truth, to bear 
all things, to believe, hope and endure. Even though everything 
else fails us, love won't, for genuine love comes from God. See I 
Cor. 13. 

When you see someone in a valley and in great distress, what is 
your response? Psalms 65:12b says '1he little hills rejoice on every 
side." If you are on your way up or already rejoicing on a 
mountain-top, you are in a position to encourage those who are 
down. You may be tempted to criticize their lack of faith or poor 
attitude or whatever you think is wrong, but try praying for them 
instead. You are on the hillside above your problem, so you should 
be able to rejoice. While they are still in the valley, try offering 
hope, that the valley is not forever and when the end comes, they, 
too, will be blessed. After all, did you always stay in high spirits 
when you went through your valley? 

Springs in the valleys are mentioned in Psa. 104:10. Isaiah 41:18 
tells of fountains in the valleys. Psalms 23:2 says, "He leadeth me 
beside the still waters." These still waters are found only in the 
valleys and are its source of life. A stream flowing down a 
mountainside is anything but quiet; it churns and foams as it 
tumbles over rocks and other obstacles until it reaches the valley. 
Water is necessary to life; Jesus, the living water, is necessary to 
our spiritual lives. He will be in the valleys with us to give us life and 
peace as well as when we are on the mountain-tops. 

The Syrians once thought the God of Israel was only a God of 
the hills, so the Israelites would be easy prey if attacked on the 
plain. See I Kings 20:23-28. Much to their surprise, they were 
delivered into Israel's hands. Our God is God of the valleys as well 
as the hills. His strength can be ours wherever we are, whatever 
our problem. The battles always come in the valleys, those times of 
learning God's will for our lives. On the mountain-tops are the 
times of great joy after the victory. Someone has written a song 
with these words "In the valley He restoreth my soul." To restore is 
to bring back or renew, and when that happens to you and the 
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If you are in a valley, let it bring you closer to the God who 
allowed it. If you've just passed through a valley, praise Him for the 
victory which is yours. "The steps of a good man are ordered by 
the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." Psa. 37:23. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



RESISTANCE AND SEPARATION 

We notice in the time of the Apostles some resisted truth and 
righteousness and not evil. Our duty is to resist evil and to be 
separate fl^om its forces. "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." We must resist all 
that will turn us away from the saving Gospel of Christ. "And he 
shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the 
Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him." Zee. 3:1. 
"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always 
resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." Acts 7:51. 
"Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth ye yet find fault? For who 
hath resisted his will?" Rom. 9:19. Whosoever therefore resisteth 
the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall 
receive to themselves damnation." Rom. 13:2. Now as Jannes and 
Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of 
corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." II Tim. 3:8. 

When we stand for truth and righteousness we resist all evil and 
are separated from its forces. "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, 
striving against sin." Heb. 12:4. "Whom resist stedfast in the faith, 
knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your 
brethren that are in the world." I Pet. 5:9. If others try to get us to 
do evil we must resist in order to be true Christians. When we take 
a firm stand for truth and righteousness we stand for Church 
discipline. Righteous resistance sometimes leads to separation. 
The Church was organized as a people separate from theevilsof the 
world and so we may continue in the path of truth and righteous- 
ness. 

Resisting evil leads to separation from it. We cannot walk with 
the great evils of the world and condemn them. When we are not 
separated from the evil forces of the world we become separated 
from God. "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 
receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons 
and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." II Cor. 6:17-18. We are 
called by the Lord to be a separate people. A separation from 
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righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath 
light with darkness." II Cor. 6:14, We should not fellowship the 
unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them. 'These be 
they who separate themselves sensual, having not the Spirit." Jude 
19. As for the true and faithful. "For such an highpriest became us, 
who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made 
higher than the heaven." Heb. 7:26. When God's people under the 
Old Law mixed with the heathen nations they lost their favor with 
Him. God's call has separated people. The Apostle Paul was 
separated from Demas because he loved this present world. 

In the world there are mixers. God is calling for a separate 
people to live true to Him. "Love not the world, neither the things 
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the 
Father is not in him." Resistance against evil leads to separation 
from it. We need the path of truth and righteousness. 

John the Revelator was separated from all mankind. He received 
wonderful revelations from Above through his service to the Lord. 
We have a part of the Gospel of Christ written by John the 
Revelator. While on the lonely isle of Patmos, John had a vision of 
God's throne. He knew of the condemnation of false doctrine and 
the Church of false prophets, also the dying Church and the loyal 
Church. The fate of the wicked was revealed to him. He also 
described the beautiful place where the faithful will spend eternity. 

Do we resist all evil? Are we among God's chosen people, 
separate from the world? May our resistance always stand for truth 
and righteousness. Our duty is to resist evil and to be separate 
from it. 

There is a day coming when there will be a great separation, 
when the chaff from the wheat shall be thoroughly fanned and the 
righteous shall shine like the stars in the sky and live and abide at 
the Saviour's right hand. This is the Glorious Place that John the 
Revelator looked upon while on the lonely Isle of Patmos. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R.D. 3 Box 509, 
York, Pennsylvania 17402 

BE NICE TO SPIDERS 

This morning I happened to pick up one of the grandchildren's 
library books. On the front cover the title read, "Be Nice to 
Spiders." This drew my attention, so I started reading the book. 
The story was about a spider named Helen that lived at a zoo. It 
explained how Helen spun her web. First she made a small spiral, 
and then she continued until she had spun a large spiral, all very 
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When Helen had finished her trap, she sat in the center and 
waited. One by one the flies got caught in the sticky web. And one 
by one Helen ate them. 

We all know that a spider web is hard to see in certain places, 
and that is where it catches the most flies. With the same tactics, 
Satan sets hidden traps for us poor humans. If he can get us to 
come near to sin, he may tempt us to yield a little at a time. Finally 
he has us wrapped up so badly that it is almost impossible to get 
out. 

Let us take the smoking habit, for example. It usually starts in 
slowly, but finally a person has the habit. There are thousands of 
people who wish they had never started and try to quit. But the 
temptation is so great and the habit so strong, that many of them 
cannot quit when they want to. 

I know of quite a few cases, though, of people whose health was 
ruined by lung cancer or emphysema, and then after it was too 
late, they could quit on doctor's orders. I have seen a small sticker 
that reads, "Cancer cures smoking." 

This is too bad, and I feel sorry for such people. I know of a 
minister who told the bishop he was fully agreed with him to work 
against the use of tobacco in the church. But what happened later? 
The bishop happened to meet the minister unexpectedly, and he 
was smoking a cigarette. How embarrassed he was. He had the 
desire to quit, and he knew it should be discouraged, but the 
spider's web was wrapped so tightly around him tTiat he could not 
resist the habit. 

This is not being written to look down upon someone else. These 
snares are set for me as well as for anyone else, and I know it. 

I am thinking now of another kind of dangerous web — the habit 
of speaking the untruth. Once the habit is formed, it is very difficult 
to break it. How sad! The Bible says plainly there isn't much hope 
for a liar. I'll give just one example to show how a person can get 
entangled in this snare. 

Once upon a time a fal^e report was started. Then the person 
who had passed on the report was asked who had told him about it 
in the first place. The answer was, '1 don't remember." The person 
was asked again and gave the same reply. Then he was asked 
again and again. Finally he said who had told him. 

Later he was asked if he hadn't said the untruth by saying, "I 
don't remember." He didn't answer. But he was asked again. 
Finally he said he will admit it was an untruth if that is what it takes 
to satisfy the person who was asking. 

The answer was, "No, ! want the truth. If you say you didn't your 
word will bp accepted and if you say you djd, it will also be 
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Finally he admitted he had told the untruth. And yet, later, he 
changed his story again and said he had confessed just to satisfy 
the party. I know this sounds impossible, but it shows what can 
happen if we get tangled in the spider's web. The only way to get 
free is to turn to the good Lord for help. 

Still another entangling habit is drinking. I hope our young folks 
will all take heed and refrain from drinking, as it has broken up 
many a home that could just as well have been a happy marriage. 
There have been many drunkards laid in a deep grave, and if they 
were laid in the grave as a drunkard they will rise as a drunkard. 
And we all know the next scene, which is to appear before a 
righteous Judge. 

Here on earth we can talk back and make all kinds of excuses, 
and try to defend ourselves. But that will be one time when excuses 
will not do any good. The verdict will be either, "Come," or "Go." 

So let us take heed and be aware of the nets and snares that our 
Enemy has set for us. It is better to stay away from the spider's 
webs than to get caught and wish we could break loose. 

Selected from Young Companion by 
Brother Wiliard Beam 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BfBLE MADE PLAIN 

PART 10 
(Continuation of the Fifth Dispensation of the World) 

Having shown^ the Law and the sacrifices of the Old 
Dispensation, before we take up the topic of Israel becoming a 
world Kingdom, we want to show them as the first of God's "Elect." 
It is our purpose, at this time, to reveal by the Holy Word of God, 
who are God's and Christ's Elect, spoken of in the New Testament. 

What is the meaning of the word "Elect?" First it means, 
generally, "to pick out, to select from two or more, to determine in 
favor of;" second, " to select or take for an office or employment 
from among a number, to select or show preference for;" third, in 
theology (which applies to the Holy Scriptures), "to designate, 
choose, or select as an object of mercy or favor." There is no other 
way for you or I to determine who God's elect are except by a 
thorough research of His Holy Word. Then we can not know 
definitely this mystery. "For who hath known the mind of the Lord? 
or who hath been his counsellor?" Rom. 11:34. 

Nevertheless the Apostle Paul has pointed out for us the Church 
of Christ, who are His chosen. Eph. 1:4, "According as he hath 
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we 
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verse says, "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children 
by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his 
will." We find that in God's first choice of the children of Israel, to 
become His "Elect," He promised them a ''Redeemer," a Saviour, a 
coming "Seed," who was Jesus Christ, who chose His elect Body, 
the Church, who were chosen in Him before the foundation of the 
world. 

Let us carefully study the Word of God to see if we can 
determine, who are the "Election" of God's Grace? Rom. 11:5-8, 
"Even so then at this present time (Paul's day) also there is a 
remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace (the 
New Dispensation in Christ), then Is it no more the works (no more 
of Israel's Dispensation): otherwise grace Is no more grace. But if it 
be of works (under the Law of Israel), then is it no more grace: 
otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not 
obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election (the Church) 
hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is 
written, God hath given them (Israel) the spirit of slumber, eyes 
that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto 
this day." Hence we are made to believe by this Word, that 
although Israel was God's first-chosen Elect, they lost their 
"election" by rejecting Christ, their Messiah and Saviour of the 
world. John 1:11. Please read and understand what is called the 
Golden Text of the Bible. John 3:15-16. 

We think it was not only God's purpose to save His people Israel, 
who would live under His first imperfect Law, but to save all in the 
Dispensation to come, who would accept His Salvation, through 
His Son Jesus Christ. This includes the faithful of the Church 
Dispensation. 

Reader, Do you get the picture? Israel lost their right as the Elect 
of God, hence the saints in Christ, the Bible, were adopted Sons of 
God, therefore they became God's and Christ's Elect. Hence, it 
seems God had a Divine plan, for calling out a people for His Elect 
and for the salvation of the world. 

He first called Abraham, a man of Faith, to begin to accomplish 
His divine purpose. He made a covenant with him. He made it an 
Everlasting Covenant and He confirmed it to his seed, which 
extended through David's seed to Christ and His seed. God's 
promised inheritance to Israel was an everlasting inheritance. 
God's promises are sure. Yet His promises were made to Israel, as 
a chosen people, a chosen "Elect" only on the condition of their 
obedience to Him. This also is our only hope in the Dispensation of 
Grace. Carefully read, Heb. 5:8-9, "Though he were a Son, yet 
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made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all 
them that obey Him." 

The suffering of Christ began when yet a babe. "Behold, this 
child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a 
sign which shall be spoken against." Luke 2:34b. At the very be- 
ginning of His ministry we find, "And all they in the synagogue, 
when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And arose up, 
and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill 
whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down 
headlong." Luke 4:28-29. What saved Christ from severe treat- 
ment and perhaps death? No doubt His unfearing faith in God. He 
did not panic nor fight back, but trusted in God and walked away 
through their midst undetected. 

The fact that Jesus knew ahead of time the many sufferings, 
which would befall Him if He should remain true unto God, would 
have been a very severe suffering. "Now is my soul troubled; and 
what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause 
came I unto this hour." John 12:27. The agony and dread of soul 
and mind trouble is very severe. What did Christ decide to do about 
this? Take His own life? No! Hesimply trusted in God and pleaded 
that the Father would save Him. Dear Reader, regardless of what 
befalls us, God will save us if we are true and faithful unto Him. 

"Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: 
the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" John 
18:11. Perhaps God gives us cups of suffering, that we might give 
witness of our faith in Him. Do we thank Him and determine to bear 
them? Or do we complain, try to avoid them and perhaps even 
deny our Lord? We find the Apostle Paul, "Opening and alleging, 
that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the 
dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ." Acts 
17:3. Is this our witness, whenever place and opportunity will 
permit it or do we hide our light? 

"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm 
yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in 
the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the 
rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of 
God." I Pet. 4:1-2. We have many and vast opportunities to be His 
faithful servants. Why not be? God is supreme. God cannot be 
hindered in His plans and He will recompense with blessings, 
which we are unable to imagine. God rewarded Christ with the 
coveted blessings: resurrection and a seat at His right hand. God 
will reward us with similar undeserved blessings. 

It seems that God may have intended that salvation to the whole 
world would come through His people Israel or Judah. Wc 
remember, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of 



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God." The promised Shiloh or Messiah was promised to come 
through Israel and Judah. Gen. 49:10, "The sceptre shall not 
depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until 
Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." 
Christ was the Shiloh to come. But alas! alas! "He came to his own 
(Israel), and his own received him not. But as many as received 
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to 
them that believe on his name." John 1:11-12. Hence, only those 
who believe on or in Christ, Jews or Gentiles, are Christ's Elect and 
become the sons (Elect) of God and born into His Kingdom, "THE 
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST." Hence, the Church is Christ's 
Elect. 

— To be continued 
Brother William Root 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A MAN OF GREAT FAITH 

MATTHEW 8:15-13; LUKE 7:1-10 

How much faith do you have? Do you believe that Jesus can do 
anything? Do you believe He could make you well if you were sick 
and ready to die? 

One time Jesus came to a city called Capernaum. A man who 
was a centurion lived there and had a servant who was very sick. A 
centurion is a man who is captain over one hundred soldiers. This 
man sent elders of the Jews to Jesus to ask if He would come and 
heal his servant. The elders explained to Jesus that the centurion 
was a very good man, that he loved the Jewish nation and had even 
built a synagogue for the Jews. A synagogue was a place to 
worship God like our churches. 

Of course Jesus knew the centurion, just like He knows 
everybody — even you and me. Jesus went with the elders who 
took Him to the centurion's house. When they came near the house 
the centurion came to Jesus and said, "My servant lieth at home 
sick of the palsy, grievously tormented." (The disease called palsy 
causes a person to shake and tremble and to be very weak.) Jesus 
said to the centurion, "I will come and heal him." The centurion 
answered, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come into my 
house but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For 
I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to 
this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; 
and to my servant. Do this, and he doeth it." 

When Jesus heard what the centurion said. He answered, and 
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so great faith, no, not in Israel." And Jesus said to the centurion, 
"Go thy way; and as thou hast believed so be it unto thee." And his 
servant was healed in that very hour. 

Why did Jesus say the centurion had a faith that was greater 
than any He had found in Israel? It was because he believed 
absolutely that Jesus could heal and do the miracles that He did, 
that He was more than just a man. If He were more than a man, 
then He had more authority than man and had servants who would 
do whatever He asked of them. When Jesus was arrested in the 
Garden of Gethsemane He said to Peter, "Thinkest thou that I 
cannot now pray to my Father and He would presently give me 
more than twelve legions of angels?" 

Angels are obedient to Jesus. I would not try to explain how 
Jesus healed the centurion's servant, but we know Jesus can do 
anything because He has the authority from His Heavenly Father. 
Jesus just spoke the word and the servant was healed completely. 

Can we have a faith like the centurion? We really can and we 
ought to. We have so much in the Bible about Jesus that the 
centurion did not know. Jesus died on the cross for everyone. It's 
up to us to believe in Jesus and to have faith that He will take us to 
a Beautiful Home in Heaven. 

Brother Rudy Cover 



FROM THE EDITOR 

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THREE WONDERS—There may be three things which will 
surprise us when we get to Heaven, — one, to find many there that 
we did not expect to find there; another, to find some not there 
whom we had expected; a third, and perhaps the greatest wonder, 
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NEWS ITEMS 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation will hold 
revival services from July 22 to August 5, 1979. Elder David Skiles 
from Torreon Navajo Mission of Cuba, New Mexico is to be our 
speaker. 

We welcome Bro. David into our midst and pray the Lord will fill 
him with an extra portion of the Holy Spirit for the work of these 
meetings. 

We plan to have all day meetings on August 4 and 5. Lovefeast 
will be August 4 at 7:30 p.m. Worshiping the Lord together is a 
blessing we invite you to share. 

Sister Juanita Reed, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 
The Englewood Congregation is planning, the Lord willing, to 
have their Harvest Meeting on August 5. Bro. Edward Johnson has 
consented to bring us the message. 

Services begin at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Everyone is 
welcome to come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 
SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 
We are looking forward, the Lord willing, to another revival 
meeting this summer. Arrangements have been made to have Bro. 
Fred Pifer from Dallas Center, Iowa as our evangelist. 

The meetings will start August 12 for two weeks, closing August 
26. Evening services will be starting at 7:30 p.m. We invite you to 
pray and come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 
SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 
The Swallow Falls revival for 1979 is planned to be one week 
later than the usual set date. This year the dates are August 24 to 
September 2, closing with the morning service followed by a 
fellowship dinner. Bro. Virgil Leatherman, Littlestown, Pennsyl- 
vania will bring the first four sermons, with Bro. Fred Pifer, Adel, 
Iowa continuing from Monday evening for the remainder of the 
week. The Lovefeast services will be September 1 at 2:30 p.m. and 
Evening services at 7:30. 

We solicit your prayers for a closer walk with Him, and for the 
saving of souls, and also your presence at these meetings, that the 
Lord may be magnified and the Church built up. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 



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DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

The Dayton Dunkard Brethren Church held services each 
evening from May 12 to May 20, observing our Lovefeast Saturday 
evening, May 19. Brother Virgil Leatherman, our Evangelist, gave 
us soul-stirring, spirit-filled messages. As a result of these 
meetings two teen-aged girls requested baptism. Let us pray that 
they and all members may remain faithful to our Heavenly Father 
who daily showers His blessings upon us. 

Sister Hilda Strayer, Cor. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Mechanicsburg Congregation enjoyed a revival from May 13 
to 20, 1979. Brother Berton Smith, from Goshen, Indiana, brought 
Gospel messages freighted with the blessed old-time power. Since 
many Brethren and Sisters from our Sister Churches attended, we 
were blessed with good crowds. Our prayers follow Brother Smith 
as he continues to labor for Jesus. 

Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST 

Aug. 5 — Sennacherib Reproaches God. Isaiah 37:1-38 (36:1-22). 

Aug. 12 — Fifteen Years for King Hezekiah. Isaiah 38:1-22 (39:1-24) 

Aug. 19 — "Comfort Ye My People." Isaiah 40:1-31. 

Aug. 26 — "Sing Unto the Lord a New Song." Isaiah 42:1-25 

(41:1-29) 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Was Hezekiah a good King? Isaiah 37:15-20. 

(2) What was the sign the Lord gave to Hezekiah that the Lord 
would fulfill His promises? Isaiah 38:6-8. 

(3) Who is the prophet speaking of in Isaiah 40:9, 10, 11? John 
10:11. 

(4) What is the new song that God's people are to sing? Rev. 



15:3. 



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DAZZLING SUN— The Emperor Trajan once said to Rabbi Joshua, 
"You teach me that your God is everywhere and that He resides 
among your nation. I should like to see Him." "God's presence is 
indeed everywhere," said the Rabbi, "but he cannot be seen. No 
mortal eye can behold His glory." The Emperor still insisted. The 
Rabbi then took him into the open air at noonday and bade him 
look on the sun. "I cannot see," said the Emperor; "the light dazzles 
me." Then said the Rabbi, "Thou art unable to bear the light of one 
of His creatures, how then could'st thou look upon the Creator?" 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR AUGUST, 1979 

DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: 2 Kings 12:15 
Moreover they reckoned not with 
the men, Into whose hand they 
delivered the money to be be- 
stowed on workmen: for they 
dealt faithfully. 

Wed. 1 - 2 Kings 3:1-27 

Thur. 2 - 2 Kings 5:1-14 

Fri. 3 - 2 Kings 5:15-27 

Sat. 4 - 2 Kings 12:1-21 



Memory Verse: 2 Kings 17:39 
But the Lord your God ye shall 
fear; and he shall deliver you out 
of the hand of all your enemies. 
Sun. 5 - 2 Kings 13:1-25 
Mon. 6 - 2 Kings 17:1-20 
Tues. 7 - 2 Kings 17:21-41 
Wed. 8 - 2 Kings 18:1-19 
Thur. 9 - 2 Kings 18:20-37 
Fri. 10 - 2 Kings 19:1-19 
Sat 11-2 Kings 19:20-37 



Memory Verse: 2 Kings 18:30 
Neither let Hezehiah make you 
trust in the Lord, saying, The 
Lord will surely deliver us, and 
this city shall not be delivered 
into the hand of the king of 
Assyria. 
Sun. 12 - 2 Kings 20:1-21 
Mon. 13 - 2 Kings 21:1-26 



Tues. 14 - 2 Kings 22:1-20 
Wed. 15 - I Chron. 5:18-26 
Thur. 16 - I Chron. 14:1-17 
Fri. 17 - i Chron. 16:1-22 
Sat. 18-1 Chron. 16:23-43 



Memory Verse: 2 Kings 19:11 
Behold, thou hast heard what the 
kings of Assyria have done to all 
lands, by destroying them utterly: 
and Shalt thou be delivered? 
Sun. 19 - I Chron. 19:1-19 
Mon. 20 - II Chron. 6:1-21 
Tues. 21 - II Chron. 6:22-42 
Wed. 22 - II Chron. 12:1-16 
Thur. 23 - II Chron. 13:1-22 
Fri. 24 - II Chron. 16:1-14 
Sat 25 - II Chron. 18:1-16 



Memory Verse: I Chron. 16:35 
And say ye. Save us, O God of 
our salvation, and gather us to- 
gather, and deliver us from the 
heathen, that we may give thanks 
to thy holy name, and glory in thy 
praise. 
Sun. 26 - II Chron. 18:17-34 
Mon. 27 - II Chron. 24:1-14 
Tues. 28 - II Chron. 24:15-27 
Wed. 29 - II Chron. 25:1-13 
Thur. 30 - I! Chron. 25:14-28 
Fri. 31 - II Chron. 28:1-27 



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VOL. LVII 



AUGUST 1, 1979 



NO. 15 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be nnore sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHO'LL BE THE NEXT? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus? 
Who'll be the next his cross to bear? 
Some one is ready, some one is waiting; 
Who'll be the next a crown to wear? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus- 
Follow his weary, bleeding feet? 
Who'll be the next to lay ev'ry burden 
Down at the Father's mercy seat? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus? 
Who'll be the next to praise his name? 
Who'll swell the chorus of free redemption- 
Sing, hallelujah! praise the Lamb? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus, 
Down thro' the Jordan's rolling tide? 
Who'll be the next to join with the ransomed, 
Singing upon the other side? 

Who'M be the next? Who'll be the next? 
Who'll be the next to follow Jesus? 
Who'll be the next to follow Jesus now? 
Follow Jesus now'?' 

— Annie S. Hawks 



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SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS 

Many serious and life-shaping questions must be answered in 
this life. These questions surround the most important decisions 
that we must make. What kind of work should we make our lives' 
work? Whom shall we marry? Where shall we live? How much 
schooling should we pursue? How shall we spend and invest our 
money? These are a few of the many important questions that we 
each must answer. If we answer correctly there will be joys and 
prosperity for us. But if we make the wrong choices there will be a 
price to pay in unhappiness and perhaps poverty. 

There are important Spiritual questions that also demand hard 
choices. These questions in the end will prove of even more 
importance than the questions dealing with our temporal lives. 
These questions have a bearing upon the eternal destiny of our 
souls. The questions concerning our temporal lives are but for time 
so if we do make the wrong choices the consequences are not 
eternal. 

The question of greatest importance to us is, "whom say ye that I 
am?" Jesus had heard from the disciples the varying opinions 
about who He was. He then queried the disciples about who they 
individually believed Him to be. Peter gave answer, "Thou art the 
Christ, the Son of the living God." He recognized Jesus as the 
long-awaited Messiah, God's Anointed, and the Son of the living, 
all-powerful God of Heaven. Each one of us has to settle in our 
hearts, minds and souls who He is. Either He is the Son of God, 
who humbled Himself to live on Earth in the lowly form of mankind, 
that He might make the Way of Salvation and the forgiveness of 

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our sins, or He is none of these things. It is a question we must 
answer. For He is either our Saviour or a fraud. Our answer to that 
question will determine the answer we give to other serious 
questions. 

Following Peter's sermon on Pentecost, his hearers were so 
convicted that they posed a question that they and us need to 
answer. "Men and Brethren, what shall we do?" What would they 
and what will we do with this Jesus? When the earthquake shook 
the Philippian jail during Paul and Silas' praise meeting, the jailor's 
heart was softened and touched. His question was, "What must I 
do to be saved?" These questioners realized who this Jesus is and 
their soul's need. They wanted His saving power in their sin- 
hardened lives. We must not only pose these questions but we 
must follow the answers that were given. The need of faith, 
repentance and baptism are set forth as our means of having a 
saving relationship with Jesus. These questions present the need 
of doing something. To do nothing with the knowledge of who He 
is will but continue our downward journey. 

When we consider the condemnation that all men are under until 
they become a child of God, it would seem each would want to 
avoid this end. This gives rise to another question, "How shall we 
escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" If we neglect the plan of 
salvation delivered to mankind by God through Christ Jesus, then 
there will be no escape. The solid, unbending pattern of sin will 
follow its inevitable course with no hope of escape. Because of the 
greatness of the price paid, salvation is great. Because of the 
greatness of the loss if it is neglected, salvation is great. Because 
of the singleness of the way, salvation is great. Jesus said, "I am 
the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but 
by me." This limits the way to one way — through Jesus. 

Paul wrote to the Romans, "So then every one of us shall give 
account of himself to God." We still have that terrible responsi- 
bility. After God has provided the way of so great salvation it would 
be foolish for us to neglect it and to lose it. The songwriter 
challenges us with the question, "Who'll be the next to follow 
Jesus?" It is a question for each to answer. Since each, who is of 
an accountable age and mind, is responsible for his response to 
this question, it would be wisdom for each to be the next one to 
follow Jesus. 

If we make choice of this great salvation, we can face death and 
the grave fearlessly, and repeat the Apostle's questions, "O death, 
where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" Death and the 
grave will hold no fear for those who have answered the question 
of who Jesus is and have been born into the family of God. But 
those who have neglected this opportunity will have a fearsome 
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For those who linger and those who neglect, there is one more 
question that the Apostle Paul asks, "Why stand we in jeopardy 
every hour?" 

THERE'S NO POWER IN JUST A NAME 

REVELATION 2 and 3 

Are you a Christian or just a Church member? If you are not a 
good servant of the Lord, one who has fully surrendered to Him, 
you are just a Church member. On the surface you may look good, 
but the Lord knows your heart. There's no special power in the 
name of any group you belong to. A name, no matter how good, 
will not save you and it will not make you any better. In fact, it may 
be just a cover-up or a false security. 

You can be in accord with your Church group and do everything 
just right as they ask — and still be lost. Your salvation is in Christ, 
the One who paid the price for your sins. Your strength to be true 
and faithful to the Lord comes through Christ, not your 
organization. Christians can encourage each other, but our power 
comes from Christ, for He said, "Without me ye can do nothing." 
John 15:5. Having a name of being alive — belonging to a 
Church — while in reality you are spiritually dead is meaningless. 
Good name or no — you're still tost. 

"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, 
and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept 
my word, and hast not denied my name." These people were 
commended for what they had and the way they lived. All of it was 
known to God and He placed His blessing upon them. God didn't 
bless them for belonging to the "right" Church, but for being faith- 
ful to Him and keeping His Word. God expects you and I to do the 
same — to be faithful to Him and to keep His Word. If we do that, 
we will be a benefit to the Church we belong to. 

"Because thou sayest, I am rich (I belong to the right Church), 
and increased with goods (I wear the right clothes), and have need 
of nothing (I do all the right things); and knowest not that thou art 
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." These 
people thought they had it all together, but all they had was self- 
righteousness. Self-righteousness is only as filthy rags, and it is 
worthless. The only way to get something worth having is to go to 
God for it. 

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou 
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, 
and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint 
thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." God alone can 
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vision or understanding. Gold tried in the fire is pure and it's 
valuable. People can make imitations, but God gives you the real 
thing. White raiment also indicates purity, and only God can make 
you pure. People can study the Bible as a history book or so they 
can argue about it, but it is God who makes it spiritually 
meaningful. 

To each Church, God said, "I know thy works." He is not fooled, 
regardless of what we belong to nor how good our lives appear to 
be. Several were commended for their good points, then "I have a 
few things against thee." He knew of their faithfulness, their love 
and service, their tribulation and patience, but He also knew some 
were condoning sin, others had left their first love, and others were 
just plain spiritually dead. The remedy for these wrongs was to 
repent, and it is the same for us. We can't hide behind our Church 
membership, but we are to hold on to what is right and repent 
where we are wrong. 

"Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, which are 
ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God." 
Your Church may approve of the things you do, but what if God 
does not? Your friends and neighbors may accept what you do, but 
that won't save you either. If God is not pleased with your life, will it 
make much difference as long as people are not upset with you? 
Won't your Church membership and your good deeds count at 
least a little? "He that overcommeth" is the one who receives 
Eternal Life, not the "joiners" and the "do-gooders." It is necessary 
to please God. 

Mery often, an evangelist will say, "Won't you give your heart to 
the Lord and your hand to the Church?" He is recognizing that 
redemption is through Christ and that our hearts belong to Him. 
When we give our hands to the Church, we become co-laborers 
with others in the Lord's work. What if you get this in reverse, with 
your heart in your Church and all the Lord gets is your hand? 
Perhaps this is what makes a lukewarm Church, the kind that God 
will spue out of His mouth. If all you want is your Church and its 
many activities, and you shove God into the background, He won't 
want you either. 

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other 
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be 
saved." Acts 4:12. Our salvation is through Christ, then as a part of 
His body, the true Church, we are to help take the message of 
salvation to others. You can never pay the price of your sins, no 
matter how many good things you do or how many good 
organizations you belong to, for there is no power in these things. 
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Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye nnight have life 
through his name." John 20:31. There is no power in just any 
name, but there Is power — in Jesus' name! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A DEAD MAN SITS UP AND TALKS 

LUKE 7:11-17 

Have you ever been to a funeral and seen someone who was 
dead? People die everyday. We don't like to think about it but 
somewhere, someone is dying every minute of the day. I have 
never seen a dead person come to life again but when Jesus was 
here it happened several times. Jesus has power to raise the dead! 

There was a widow of the town of Nain who had just one son. 
Her husband had died and I'm sure the son was her only means of 
support. In that time people didn't have social security, old age 
pensions and the like. If they had no one to make a living for them 
about the only thing they could do was sit on a street corner and 
beg. I don't believe anyone likes to beg, but in Jesus' time there 
were many beggars. 

There came a time in this widow's life when her son, who was so 
necessary to her, died. I don't know whether he got sick or died of 
an accident, but die he did. Jesus came near unto this city of Nain 
with His disciples and the many others who followed Jesus. As 
they walked along they met a funeral procession. They were 
carrying the son of this widow on a bier, or a stretcher, to bury him. 
The widow was following her dead son to the cemetery where she 
expected to lay him away and never see him again in this world. 
She was weeping as most mothers would do when a child dies. I 
imagine this poor widow's heart was broken. She had lost a 
husband and now her only son was gone and she was left alone. 
What would she do now? How impossible life must have seemed to 
her. 

As Jesus met the funeral procession He saw the widow weeping 
and had compassion on her and said, "Weep not." Then Jesus 
walked over to the dead son and touched the bier. Those who were 
carrying it stood still. Jesus spoke to the dead son and said, 
"Young man, I say unto thee, Arise." What do you think happened? 
If I would say to a dead person, "Sit up and speak," I don't think 
anything would happen, but when Jesus tells a dead man to get up, 
that person is going to do just that. And that is what the widow's 



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son did. He sat up and began to talk. He wasn't dead anymore! He 
was alive! Then Jesus took the man, alive and well, to his mother. 

Do you think the widow quit weeping? Maybe not; maybe she 
had tears of joy. Jesus had brought her only son back to life. Now, 
she had hope for the future. Best of all, she had seen Jesus. He 
came into her life and changed things completely. 

Has Jesus ever done anything for you? You know He has. Every 
good thing comes from God. Jesus can take your sins away and 
He can make you come to life. If you are only willing, you will sit up 
and speak for Jesus all the rest of your life. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

POWER 

D. K. Marks 

"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but 
tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power 
from on high." Luke 24:49. These are the words and the command 
that Jesus gave to His disciples, after His resurrection, before He 
ascended into Heaven. 

After Jesus left this world and ascended up into heaven the 
disciples obeyed this command and tarried in Jerusalem in prayer 
and supplication for ten days, then they received this great power 
that Jesus promised unto them. Bible readers all know the results 
of this power, especially the repentance and conversion of three 
thousand souls. 

What helped the Holy Spirit to work so powerfully? The disciples 
were all obedient to God's word, they were all assembled in one 
accord in prayer to God. 

Let us consider the power of electricity. It is carried from the 
power house on wires to a large city where many motors and large 
machines are put in motion to manufacturer goods and every 
house in the city that has the live wire has an abundance of light. 
But when the electric wire is disconnected or broken on which the 
electricity is carried the machinery does not move, the city is 
without light and in darkness. 

Let us think of the mighty power of God in the time when God 
told Joshua to cross the Jordan river when the waters were over- 
flowing their banks. God commanded Joshua what to do in order 
that he and Israel could cross the river on dry ground. Joshua and 
all the people obeyed the commands of God, they all passed over 
Jordan in safety. Later they came to the large, strong walled city of 
Jericho. God gave Joshua and all the people instructions how to 
proceed for seven days. The first day theywere to compass the city 
and go around it once, this they were to do for six days; on the 



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seventh day they were to go around the city seven times. They 
obeyed God exactly as He commanded them. The walls fell down 
flat; the victory was won; the children of Israel rejoiced. 

Later Joshua sent his able bodied soldiers to take the small city 
of Ai. Here the Israelites were killed and defeated. The power of 
God was cut off from Israel. Why? Simply because one Israelite 
had disobeyed the command of God. This was sin in the sight of 
God. God told Joshua to find the hidden sin and destroy it. Joshua 
obeyed. God's power returned to Israel and they were victorious 
and prosperous. 

Let us look at the Apostolic Church again. When the number had 
increased to over three thousand souls and all were obedient, the 
Holy Ghost was the great power of the Church. 

We don't read about any sin in the church until after Barnabas 
sold his land and brought the money and laid it at the Apostles' 
feet. Ananias and his wife decided to sell their possessions, but 
kept back a part and gave a part of the money to the Apostles and 
told them they gave it all. Peter filled with the power of the Holy 
Ghost saw the hidden sin of Ananias as soon as he came into their 
presence and said, "Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to 
lie to the Holy Ghost? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God." 
Ananias hearing these words fell down dead, and they buried him. 
Afterwards his wife came into the presence of Peter, looking for 
her husband, perhaps. Peter questioned her and she also lied to 
the Holy Ghost and she fell down dead so they buried her beside 
her husband. 

The Holy Ghost working in Peter would not allow sin to linger in 
the church. The result was that great fear fell upon the whole 
church. They were pure and holy. Multitudes of believers were 
added to the Church and many miracles were performed. 

When the Apostle Paul was converted he was very much 
concerned that sin would be kept away from the Churches he had 
been leading. He comes with the message to the Roman brethren 
and to us. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye 
should obey it in the lusts thereof." Rom. 6:12. 

What is sin? Paul's answers, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield 
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: 
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness." 
Read Gal. 5:19-21 and see what the sinful works of the flesh are 
and their awful doom. "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the 
faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how 
that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" II Cor. 13:5. 
"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to 
him will I give power over the nation." Rev. 2:26. 

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A WONDERFUL SAVIOUR 

Tenderly, Jesus called me to come and follow Him. He called me 
many times. I answered the call and accepted my Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ. It seemed to me, at times, I could hear Him 
say, "I've found thee, thou art mine." I seemed to see the nailprints 
In His hands. They made me realize that He had shed His precious 
blood for me. Many times I wonder what Jesus could see in my life 
that He was so willing to suffer such deep agony so my sins would 
all be blotted out and I could be His child. All my sins are covered 
by the precious blood of Jesus, which He has shed for you and me. 
Now as a dear child of God, I want to work for Him as I go forward 
in this life looking forward to the time, when all who are His dear 
children can go to our Heavenly Home. 

So many lives are ship-wrecked, adrift in dangerous waters. The 
only port of rescue is the Church of Jesus Christ. Dear Christian 
friends, let us lay aside every weight, everything, that does not 
contribute to the rescue of lost souls. Throughout Jesus' life, here 
on this earth, He felt the urgent need of doing the works of His 
Father. Even at the early age of twelve years, He told His Mother, 
"Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business." As Jesus 
worked here on earth to fulfill the work He was sent to do, so we as 
His children also have a work to do. Are we doing the chosen work 
of winning souls into the Kingdom of God? 

When Jesus said, "The night cometh," it seems to me He was 
telling us that there is very little time left for us to work for the 
salvation of souls. Our Saviour urges us to join in the work of 
winning souls for His Kingdom. He wants us to work while it is day 
and we have the time. In Matthew He tells us to "Go work today in 
my vineyard." Jesus spent three short years here but they were 
very busy ones. He ministered to all the needs of men, both 
physical and spiritual. He was a teacher, the greatest in all the 
history of the world; a preacher, proclaiming the Gospel and the 
hope of life eternal; a never failing healer of the ills of life. I believe 
of His thirty-three main miracles about twenty-five were healings. 
He was not only just interested '\n the everyday ills of the body but 
above all He was concerned about souls. How many of us are 
interested in the souls of the people we meet day by day? He not 
only ministered to the needs of the body, but of mind and soul. 
Jesus knows what is needed before we ask. We must be busy and 
work if we hope to accomplish the tasks that our Master left for us 
to do. Let us, like the Apostle Paul, believe He is able to supply all 
our needs. 

Selfishness is a sin. It has been with us throughout the ages, not 
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we must start with ourselves. It seems this old world is very busy, 
so many are on a treadmill by day and a merry-go-round by night 
and getting nowhere. They seem to make no progress. It seems 
they have learned how to make a living, but not how to live, which 
is very important. Everyone seems to be very busy working to get 
ahead in this life, but they seem to have lost the greatest thing on 
this earth which is: where they are going after all their working 
days have ended. Let us not put material things before the 
spiritual, lest we find that we have plenty to live with and nothing to 
live for. 

"Ye are the light of the world." If one takes an ordinary piece of 
wire it looks useless, but if given the proper insulation and the 
proper contact, it will carry a great load of electricity and do an 
important work. The same with the life of an individual, when 
insulated from sin and selfishness and given the proper contact 
with the source of all spiritual power. It will be able to do a 
wonderful work in this old world, bringing the lost to Christ. You 
may have only one talent. Do you use it to further the cause of 
Christ or do you hide it? Dear ones it is later than we think. What 
kind of light are we showing? The greatest error any one can do is 
to reject Christ. Let us choose that which will endure. Let Christ be 
the chief corner stone of our Church, our Community, our own 
lives. Let us all abide in Faith, Hope and Love. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIM 

Continued from July 15, 1979 Issue 

We find that Israel broke God's Everlasting Covenant and we 
understand their "Election" did not stand for a time. Isa. 24:5-6, 
"The earth also is defiled under the inhabitats thereof; because 
they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken 
the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the 
earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the 
inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left." 

We believe this is future prophecy concerning Israel's earthly 
heritage at the end of this world. Our future argument will show 
how God will keep His promise to the "seed" of Abraham and of 
Israel, including the Church, and a remnant of "blinded Israel" as 
well. It will be through Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, who is called 
the Word. The word "Messiah" means: literally, "The anointed 
One," the expected "Deliverer," who will make reconciliation for 
iniquity. 

During the Fifth Dispensation, Israel should have been, the heir 
of salvation for all men, but were they? Let us read Gal. 4:1-5, "Now 
I say. That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from 



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a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and 
governors until the time appointed of the father." We see here that 
the Old Dispensation was under a tutelage of the Law of God. Paul 
says, in Rom. 8:3, "For what the law could not do, in that it was 
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of 
sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." "Even so we 
(the Church), when we were children, were in bondage under the 
elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, 
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To 
redeem them that were under the law, To redeem them that were 
under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Do we 
not see In this, God's foreordained plan for His Elect children, His 
Church? His Son, when He came was rejected by His own 
nationality who would not receive Him, so Gentiles as well as Jews 
were through the new birth made sons of God, John 1:11-13" John 
3:3-5. 

Therefore Jesus, when He came, reconfirmed God's promise to 
the fathers. This came about when Gentiles were adopted into the 
family of God, into God's Elect, as adopted children. Although 
Israel's eyes have been blinded for a time by rejecting Christ their 
Messiah, yet we understand that God will graft them back into His 
election, at the close of this Dispensation, after Christ comes to 
earth. See Rom. 11:8-28. 

Though the Election of Israel was postponed or changed, for a 
time, we think, God will still give Israel whose eyes shall be opened 
to their Messiah, a chance. A remnant of them will receive their 
promised eternal inheritance and also an inheritance of their 
promised land in the Seventh Dispensation of man on the earth, 
after they have been grafted back into God's Elect. Hence, this will 
make both Jews and Gentiles adopted children in the Family of 
God and subjects of Christ in His Millennium. Paul says, Rom. 9:3- 
4, "For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my 
brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites; to 
whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, 
and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the 
promises." 

Therefore, we take the affirmative that the saints in Christ, His 
Church, His Bride, are His Elect in the sixth Dispensation of the 
world, in the Church Dispensation. NOTE: The promise to Israel of 
being God's Elect was only given to them on condition of their 
obedience to Him; the same is true of the Church, as being Christ's 
Elect. 

As proof of this statement, we present our basic Scripture, 
recorded in Deut. 4:25-31, "When thou shalt beget children, and 
children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, 



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and shall corrupt yourselves, and nnake a graven image, or the 
likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy 
God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness 
against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the 
land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not 
prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the 
Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few 
in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. 
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and 
stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from 
thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if 
thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art 
in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, (NOTE 
THIS:) even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and 
Shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a 
merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor 
forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them." This 
shows that God will remember Israel in the last days, when they 
shall be grafted again into their own "olive tree." These promises 
were given to them under the Law and the Law was only "our 
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ." 

Gal. 3:16-29, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises 
made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one. And to 
thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that 
was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four 
hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should 
make the promise of none effect." What promise? That the eternal 
inheritance, should come through Christ, Abraham's Seed. "For if 
the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God 
gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then serveth the law? It 
was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to 
whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the 
hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but 
God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God 
forbid: for if there had been a taw given which could have given life, 
verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the 
Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith 
of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before 
faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith 
which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our 
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by 
faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer undera school- 
master. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on 
Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor 



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free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ 
Jesus." NOW OBSERVE THIS: "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye 
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." 

What promise? The promise made to Abraham. The inheritance 
of the Elect through Christ the seed of Abraham. Hence, we of the 
Church are Christ's Elect. 

Brother William Root 



DAME GOSSIP 

A sociable body is Dame Gossip. She pays us frequent visits, 
never in pursuance of her own concerns, but always and forever 
bent upon broadcasting personals about others. 

"Have you heard?" she begins confidentially, laying aside her 
hat and gloves; "Did you know?" she whispers, drawing her chair 
closer as we sit on the comfortable cool veranda; "And they do 
say" — she takes a parting shot in rising to bid us adieu. 

At last we find ourselves atone again, but with confidence in the 
integrity of our fellow men well-nigh shattered. Who would ever 
have dreamed that Brother and Sister G. would do thus and so! 

Never mind. Ten chances to one they did not. Madame Gossip 
prefers to believe the worst of everyone, and what is more, she 
enjoys telling the sordid tale with abundant variations and 
embellishments of her own invention. Remember this, and do not 
let her idle and oftentimes cruel words dim your outlook or shadow 
your uplook. 

This is one of the most despicable of the seven deadly sins — the 
one which causes more heartache and sorrow and trouble than all 
the rest put together. When tempted to repeat something you have 
heard about a friend, an acquaintance, or even a stranger, see that 
it passes muster before these three sentries: First, "Is it true?" 
Second, "Is it necessary?" Third, "Is it kind?" If not, it would better, 
far better, be left unsaid. 

A wise man once observed that we should have an eleventh 
commandment, reading "Mind your own business." Really, this is 
not a bad suggestion, is it? Let's trim the sails of our conversation 
carefully, very carefully, in the days to come. 

— Selected from the Bible Monitor 
by Sister Margaret Myers 

• • • • • •• 

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling 
conversations. 



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OBITUARY 

SYLVIA SURBEY 

Sis. Sylvia (Klepinger) Surbey was born in Miami County, 
Indiana on October 15, 1895 and departed this life at Stouder 
Memorial Hospital, Troy, Ohio on June 6, 1979 at the age of 83 
years, 7 months and 19 days. She was the youngest daughter of 
Elder Davis P. Klepinger and Mary (Clingenpeel) Klepinger of 
Peru, Indiana. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. 

On March 16, 1930, Sylvia was united in marriage to Frank B. 
Surbey and moved to Stark County, Ohio. In 1942 they moved to 
Miami County, Ohio. After mutually sharing the joys and burdens 
of life for forty-two years, her companion departed this life, 
January 25, 1972. 

Early in life she untied with the Church of the Brethren and 
became a charter member of the Midway Dunkard Brethren 
Church in 1926. She was faithful to her vows until her death. 

She leaves to mourn her departure, one daughter, Maxine of the 
home, and one step-daughter, Arlene Flora of Adel, Iowa; two 
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Lennie 
Priser of Goshen, Indiana; one sister-in-law, Maude Klepinger of 
Peru, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. 

The family wishes to thank the brothers and sisters, neighbors 
and friends for their kindness, thoughtfulness and assistance 
during her illness and death. 

Mother dear, you've gone away. 
To a better land of peace and Joy. 
You left behind all pain and sorrow, 
All anxious thought about tomorrow. 

The life that you lived was not in vain, 
We feel our loss was Heaven's gain. 
For each word of wisdom that you taught 
Still lingers on within the heart. 

Do justly, walk humbly, love mercy, be kind. 
Most important of all in God's Word we do find 
If we truly love God, His commandments we'll keep, 
And at the end of life's race, true happiness reap. 

These precious memories we will renew. 

As the afterglow from the sunset's hue. 

We hope to meet again in the skies, 

When the trump shall sound and the dead arise. 

by her daughter, Maxine 



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NEWS ITEM 

NOTICE 
The new treasurer of the Trustee Board is: 
Elder Warren C. Smith 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
Please continue to send all contributions to the secretary for 
his records. 

Elder Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Plevna Congregation will hold a two week 
Revival from August 19 through September 2. Brother Jack Snyder 
of Stevens, Pennsylvania will be the Evangelist. 

Saturday, September 1, there will be services at 10:00 a.m. with 
a Lovefeast that evening. 

On September 16 we plan a Harvest Meeting. 

We invite all that can to come to these meetings. Please pray that 
souls may be saved through these efforts. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 

POOR RICH MAN— An aged wealthy man once took an 
acquaintance to see a splendid mansion. 'This is all mine," he said. 
Then he pointed to a little town: "That is mine; it is called by my 
name." In another direction he pointed out farms extending for 
thirty miles. "These are all mine. 1 was a poor boy, but I made all 
this myself." The visitor looked at him and said: "Well, you have all 
this on earth, but what have you in Heaven?" "Well, I'm afraid I 
haven't got much up there." "Ah," said the visitor, "but you've got 
to die, to leave this world; what will you take with you of all these 
things? You will die a beggar, for all these riches count as nothing 
in Heaven." The poor old rich man burst into tears. He had no hope 
for the future. In four months he left it all. 

• • • • • •• 

COLORED PREACHER'S ILLUSTRATION— A colored preacher 
pictured a transaction in the councils of Eternity in man's behalf, 
about as follows: Heaven was searched in vain for one willing to 
redeem the sinful race. No angel was found able to stay the sword 
which Justice held over helpless humanity. But Jesus declared: 
"Father, prepare me a body, and I will go down there and settle it 
all; I will bear the punishment due them, I will give my life for 
them." Jesus paid it all. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E, Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R, Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C, Smith, Treasurer 

McClave. Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse. Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 242 

Morenci, Mich. 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
R. 1, Box 242 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

515-677-2467 
Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind, 46970 

317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N, Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 435i2 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



Lester Fisher 

4664 N. State Rte. 48 

Covington, Oil 45318 



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VOL. LVII 



AUGUST 15, 1979 



NO. 16 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART 

Thy word is a lamp to my feet, 
A light to my path alway; 
To guide and to save me from sin, 
And show me the heav'niy way. 

Forever, oh, Lord, is Thy Word 
Established and fixed on high; 
Thy faithfulness unto all men, 
Abideth forever nigh. 

At morning, at noon, and at night, 
I ever will give Thee praise; 
For Thou art my portion, O Lord, 
And shall be thro' all my days! 

Thro' Him whom Thy Word hath fortold, 
The Savior and Morning Star, 
Salvation and peace have been bro't 
To those who have strayed afar. 



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THE BIBLE'S VALUE 

In an age when there is an increasing ignorance of the Bible and 
the Church, there is much misinformation concerning Christianity. 
Today many children never see the inside of a Church nor hear any 
teaching from the Bible. Even if they are not raised to oppose what 
is good, they are misinstructed in the true teachings of the 
Christian Church. The general opinion is a Christian is one who 
does not smoke or drink and is a good moral person. White these 
characteristics should be found in the Christian's life, tiqey are but 
outward manifestations of what is within. 

It is little to wonder at that the world's opinion of Christianity is 
so centered about the works and morality of a man. The 
educational system of the world continually exalts man and his 
efforts. This self-centered attitude causes man to overvalue his 
own works, opinions and morality. People are taught from little up 
to do what pleases them and to think only of themselves. So their 
religious thoughts center about their own works. 

Christianity demands man's work and life-style be different from 
the surrounding world. But for these efforts to be of any Spiritual 
value they must be done from a heart that is in tune with God and 
separated from the world's system of thought and action. Deeds 
done only in man's physical strength are likened to filthy rags. For 
those rags to ever be of any value they must be cleansed in the 
blood of Jesus Christ. Any other attempt at cleansing will be a 
failure. Without being cleansed the rags would be fit only to be 
burned or otherwise destroyed. Man's self-centered deeds will 
neither make him a Christian nor pave his pathway to Heaven. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR AUGUST 15, 1979 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 

Brethren Church in the plant of Glanz Lithographing Co., Rt. 4, 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567. 

Entered as Second Class matter at the Post Office, Wauseon, Ohio 

43567. 

Terms: Single subscription, $1.00 a year in advance. 

Send all subscriptions and communications to the editor. 
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92802 
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California 95323 
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Pa. 17340 
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If man can not depend upon his own Ideas, works or morality, 
what can he depend on? If his concept of Christianity is wrong, 
where can he find it's true consistancy? The answer to these and 
all other Spiritual questions will be found in the Bible, the Word of 
God. "All scripture Is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable 
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness." 11 Tim. 3:16. The Bible is of value for many 
reasons. In the business affairs of this life men place great value 
upon those things which can be resold for a profit. They often can 
amass great wealth from these profitable items. In Spiritual affairs 
the Bible is profitable and valuable. Men may make a small invest- 
ment of time and effort to read and follow Its teachings and reap a 
great profit in their lives. ^ 

It is of value for doctrine, which is the teaching necessary for a 
Christian life. The ordinances of the Church are needful for a 
profitable, Spiritual life. These ordinances teach Heavenly lessons 
through deeds that are within our power to understand and do. 
The basis of our salvation lies in the Bible's teachings. Our 
salvation is laid upon a more solid foundation than the shifting 
opinions and plans of men. Since the Bible is as unchanging as 
God its Author, the plan offered for man's salvation is just as 
unchanging. Its doctrines which are concerned with the quality of 
our Christian lives are also unchanging. The Lovefeast Service, the 
prayer covering, nonresistance and nonlawing are some of the 
New Testament's fundamental doctrines designed for our Spiritual 
growth and for order in the Church. 

Discipline has become a disliked word today. But the Bible has 
much to say in favor of self-discipline and Church-discipline. For 
discipline to be effective and profitable It must be Biblical. Reproof 
is a valuable part of Scripture. With an unchanging standard, 
variance from that standard can be seen and reproved. 

The Bible provides not only reproof but also correction. Since 
the Bible is a profitable Book It not only shows the error but the 
standard. It not only condemns but shows how to improve and to 
meet the standard. By showing what is correct, each person can 
examine himself impartially and see where he stands compared to 
that standard. 

Our Christian lives are not lived entirely in perpetuating the 
doctrines and in self examination and improvement. Our lives are 
also to contain love, mercy and justice. We are to live not only for 
ourselves and our eternal reward but we must live to help those 
around whether they are in or out of the Church. The Bible is 
profitable for it points out our duties to our Brother and to the lost. 
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only the example of Christ's perfect life but the lives of many saints 
of old. Now it behooves us to follow these examples and to follow 
the righteous instruction given in God's Word. 

The Bible is God's inspired Word. Redesigned it for our good. Is 
it profitable and valuable to you? 



1979 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

The Conference of 1979 is added to the history of our beloved 
Church. I feel that each one who attended felt that it was an out- 
standing Conference, one that will be long remembered. The 
Mission Springs Camp Ground and its surrounding natural beauty 
added to the feeling of God's nearness. Our physical comforts 
could not have been better cared for. The meals were especially 
well planned and very efficiently served. 

Saturday morning nearly everyone gathered at the tabernacle 
for morning devotions. Bro. James Kegerreis gave a warm 
welcome to each one and made us feel the nearness of God. 

Opening Devotions - Bro. Jacob Ness. Mark 9:2-10. 

The beauties of the country through which the road leading to 
Mt. Herman, 9,000 feet high, wound brought thoughts of the times 
Jesus went to the mountains to be alone with God. 

When Jesus is with us we have wonderful experiences. From the 
mountain top transfiguration of Jesus, Peter felt that he must have 
some work of human hands to remember their experience with 
Him but that was not Jesus' plan. He wanted to prove to His close 
disciples that He was really the Son of God. 

Why did we come to Conference? Hopefully we will all leave 
Mission Springs feeling that we have had a mountain top 
experience with Jesus. May we get a glimpse of Jesus just as His 
disciples did. 

Bro. Ness' closing prayer begged that we might find Jesus more 
precious through attending conference. 

Closing Song: "He Hideth my Soul." This was written by Fanny 
Crosby. Her songs were used frequently throughout the 
Conference. It seemed that they were especially fitting. By her 
blindness God had become very real to Fanny and her songs 
portray His comfort and nearness in her life. 

Saturday P.M. 

Song Leader: Bro. Russell Berkenstock. "He Hideth My Soul." 

Opening remarks: Bro. Dennis St. John. Let us try to gain a 
spiritual blessing from our being together. 

Opening: Bro. Merle Swihart. Psalms 84. 



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Verse 10 gave his main thought. We are a privileged people to 
have such a wonderful place to hold Conference. 

Song: ''Break Thou the Bread of Life." 

First Speaker: Bro. Paul Byfield. We are seeking mountain top 
experiences. Subject: God's Care for His Children. Psalms 23. 

David felt that there was only one Person who could care for 
him. God is love and it covers every one of His children. What does 
God require of His children? 

First: Whole hearted obedience. 

Second: Observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. 

Third: We have a standard but is it what the Holy Spirit demands 
of us. Adam made one mistake and lost favor in God's sight. Moses 
made a mistake when he struck the rock after God told him to 
speak to it and did not gain entrance to the Promised Land. 

Noah obeyed the Lord in all His commands. Deut. 5:33. 

Abraham obeyed when he offered Isaac on the altar. He had faith 
that God's word was true. Did Job serve God for nothing? Satan 
must ask God before he can tempt us. We must examine ourselves. 

Song: 'Trust and Obey." 

Second Speaker: Bro. Milton Cook. Subject: The Measure of a 
Man. The things we use to measure each other. 

First: How old are you? 

Second: How tall are you? 

Third: How much money do you have? 

Fourth: How much land do you own? 

Fifth: What kind of an automobile do you drive? 

Sixth: How many children do you have? 

Seventh: How big is your home? 

Psalms 8:1, "Oh Lord how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! 
People make names for themselves in this world. Rockefeller for 
example. It is sad to see people following Satan rather than God. 
Balaam knew that God meant what He said and that he could not 
curse Israel. Psalms 8:4, "What is man that thou are mindful of 
him?" God's measure is far above man's measure as to the worth of 
man. The poorest man or woman who is following God is held in 
higher esteem by God than even the millionaire who is praised by 
the world. 

Eph. 4:11-16 gives us a picture of God's perfect man. Let us use 
God's word as our measure. The Church should be guided by her 
Head and not by every wind of doctrine but by God's measure. 

Closing Remarks: Bro. David Kegerreis. May we have come to 
Conference to be guided by God's measure. May we truly say, "I 
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drawn by the call of the world." Gal. 2:20. Paul said I die daily. Man 
measures man by man's rule but let us measure by God's. 

Song: "Anywhere with Jesus." 

Saturday Evening 

Song Leader: Bro. Henry Walker. "I am Thine O Lord." "Higher 
Ground." 

Opening Remarks: Fifty one years ago the Dunkard Brethren 
Church was organized. Let us be one with God as Christ is. 

Opening: Bro Harley Rush. 

We had a mountain top experience in our morning devotions. 
Rev. 21:1-10, 23-27. As we have made preparations for our trip to 
Conference did we think of preparations for our trip to the Holy 
City. Let us enter the gates of the Holy City. 

Speaker: Bro. David Ebling. Luke 2:41-52. Subject: Have we Lost 
Jesus? 

Can we lose Jesus? May this Conference be the means of 
bringing us closer to God. One chapter a day and five on Sunday 
means we can read the Bible through in a year. Go back to the 
place where we lost Jesus and we will find Him. A parable is an 
earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Luke 15:1-6. The coin didn't 
know it was lost. HOW can we lose Jesus? Young folks choose 
your companions among Christians. Our education today tends to 
draw our young people away from Christ. We CAN lose Jesus in 
the Church. Sin can cause us to lose even our physical lives. 

Two boys were smuggling liquor into Canada by way of Niagara 
Falls. They became drunk and lost control of their boat. The liquor 
was lost and also their lives. 

A woman and small boy were traveling by train to a friend's 
home who was meeting her on arrival. The conductor was to tell 
her where to get off but the train stopped to take on water and a 
passenger near her told her that that was her stop. She quickly got 
off with her baby. She soon discovered there was no one to meet 
her and no one around, but the train had pulled out. It was a bitter 
cold night and she and the baby froze to death. She had listened to 
the wrong person. Let's take God's Word only. 

Closing: Bro. Paul Blocher. 

It brings joy to go to the house of the Lord. David lost his peace 
when he sinned. His prayer to God was, "Restore unto me the joy 
of my salvation." 

Bro. James Kegerreis: "Wist ye not that I must be about my 
Father's business?" If we are in business with Christ we will be- 
ready to dwell with Him. .^ 



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Sunday Morning 

A beautiful morning and all nature proclaimed God's nearness. 

Song Leader: Bro. Jacob Ness. "Sun of My Soul", "Blessed 
Assurance." 

Speaker: Bro. Melvin Roesch. 

We have found Him. His mother at the wedding feast said, 
"Whatsoever he saith unto you, DO IT." Phil. 3:10. If we have found 
Him and know Him we will be conformable to His will. There are 
forty cults in this world that do not have God as their head. Do 
mothers of today tell their children like Jesus' mother, "Whatso- 
ever he saith unto you, do it."? 

Song: "Take my Hand Precious Lord." 

Sunday A.M. 

Song Leader: Sis. Mildred Skiles. "Blessed Redeemer", "Thanks 
be Unto God for His Unspeakable Gift." 

Opening: Bro. Galen Litfin. 

We are so thankful for the privilege of meeting here to worship 
God. Psalms 100. Serve the Lord with gladness. Verse 3. How well 
do we know God? We have acquaintances but do we really know 
them? 

Song: "He Hideth My Soul." 

First Speaker: Bro. Warren Smith. Subject: Ye are the Light of the 
World. Matt. 5:14-16. 

Ye are the light but not just for decoration. The welder's light 
cuts away the surplus. So should our light from the Word of God. 
We love the sunlight. Ponder the path of your feet. If you drive 
through mud the automobile lights will need polishing. Jesus 
brought us light and we must reflect it. The engine that is torn 
down and polished piece by piece, then put back together runs like 
new. We need to be put together piece by piece to be God's child. 

Second Speaker: Bro. Hayes Reed. Subject: Fruits of the Spirit. 
Matt. 7:13-20. 

Love. A strong feeling of affection. 

The young man told his girl friend he would die for her and go to 
the ends of the world for her. As he left he said, "I'll see you 
tomorrow night — if it doesn't rain." Is this the way we show our 
love for Christ, to those who don't know Him? 

Joy. To rejoice in. I Pet. 1:8. 

Peace. A state of rest and quiet. Luke 2:13-14. 

Long suffering. Christ is patient with us. 

Gentleness. Being kind. 

-Raith. What we trust in. 

God is light, love and life. 

Closing: Bro. Charles Leatherman. 



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Sometimes we have to polish our light real hard to keep it bright. 
Maybe we don't have anything underneath to polish. 

Sunday P.M. 

Song Leader: Bro. Martin Meyers. ^'Victory in Jesus", "Burdens 
are Lifted at Calvary." 

Opening: Bro. William Bashor. John 3:1-5. 

Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. Ye 
must be born again. 

Song: "Fill my Cup, Lord." 

First Speaker: Bro. Jacob Ness. Subject: My People. Deut. 7:6- 
12. 

Let us find the green pastures. We can be glad we are Americans 
but ashamed of the sins committed by Americans in America. We 
are working for God because we are His people. We can choose 
our wife, but not our relatives. We can become joint heirs with 
Christ by choice. How much do we feel our responsibility to 
others. Will people get more than they expect from us as God's 
people. Naomi lived such a life that Ruth declared, "Your God shall 
be my God." We don't need cults. God should fill our every need. 

Second Speaker: Bro. Edward Johnson. Subject: Fear. Ex. 20:18- 
20. 

Deut. 10:20. We should cry "Abba Father," and give Him fear, 
reverence and respect. We fear men and storms. Traveling on the 
plane we could not look down and see man but God can see man's 
every sinful act. How we ought to fear God. Matt. 14:25-27. Peter 
found it took faith and not fear to walk on the water to Jesus. 

A young man working with a chemical that dried up water 
accidentally got some on his face. The pain was so intense his 
constant cry was, "I'm in hell — get me out." He feared God and 
what He was able to do to him. 

Bro. Johnson told how near he came to losing his life when he 
cut down a tree which fell before he expected it to. God saved his 
life but he was made to realize how unexpectantly we could be in 
God's presence to meet our eternal destiny. Heaven will be great 
but hell will be terrible. Fear of God makes the difference. Rev. 21. 

Closing: Bro. Frank Shaffer. 

The world needs to know God's people fear Him, yet love Him. 
Sunday Evening 

Song Leader: Bro. Leonard Wertz. 

Opening: Bro. David Ebling. 

The story of Mary and Martha. Mary had chosen the good part. A 
strong home makes a strong Church. Is ours a Church founded on 
the good part Mary had chosen. 



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First Speaker: Bro. Eugene Kauffman. Subject: Is Ours a Good 
Church? Acts 2:42. 

We are often discouraged by the little stumbling blocks Satan 
has allowed to be placed in our path. 

We have a thirty thousand dollar building used three hours a 
week. A business would go bankrupt on those hours. 

We should be a learning Church, learning more about the 
scriptures. We need the fellowship of believers. Acts 12:1. We 
should be a praying Church. God needs tools here that are Spirit 
filled. Do we share with other people what our Church stands for? 
We should be a growing and a joyful Church. Be sure God is ruling 
and reigning in our lives. If every member in the Church was just 
like me what would our Church be? 

Second Speaker: Bro. Dennis St. John. To the Young People. 
Subject: Full Assurance. Hebrews 10:12-27. Text verse: 22. 

Our insurance should come from Heaven and also our 
assurance. Elijah prayed and it didn't rain for three years and six 
months. He called down fire from Heaven, yet with all the 
assurance he had that God heard and answered his prayers he sat 
under a juniper tree and wanted to die. 

Faith, fact and feeling sat on a wall 

Feeling fell off, then faith got off. 

Fact stayed. Feeling came back then faith returned. 

Complete surrender makes complete happiness. 

We can't sweep the dirt out of our lives. It must be washed away 
by the blood. 

Closing: I have the full assurance our Church is a good Church 
but how can I make it better? We must look up to God. May we just 
see ourselves and Jesus with a fuller assurance and a better 
Church. 

— To be continued 
Sister Ruth Drake 

SO YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS? 

So you have all the answers — for everyone else, that is! It's so 
easy to "solve" someone else's problems or to tell someone how to 
deal with a matter, but often, these "solutions" do not work. If you 
have a pat answer for every situation, you may be surprised to 
learn that such answers often do more harm than good. If your 
advice is good, it will hold up when put to the test. Does it, or does 
It just look good on paper? 

It's not what you say to someone that counts. What counts is 
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inspiration and lots of Christ's love in your heart. Words spoken in 
disgust, bitterness or "because someone needs to be told a few 
things" will never accomplish anything. They only serve to drive 
the problem deeper. Our bad attitudes can foster greater rebellion, 
discouragement or inflict more pain. A kind and compassionate 
spirit encourages, whether you have any answers or not. 

In Ecc. 3:7, we are told that there is "a time to rend, and a time to 
sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak." To rend is to tear 
something apart; it leaves ragged edges which are hard to repair. 
Sometimes our words do this to people — we tear them apart, 
leaving ragged wounds which may never heal. To sew indicates 
putting something together so it will be worthwhile. This is what 
we should be helping people do, when their lives are all in pieces. 
With Christ in our hearts, we can be of help, but don't try to help 
someone with your own remedies. 

"He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of under- 
standing is of an excellent spirit." Prov. 17:27. We need to know 
when to keep still as well as when to speak. We need to listen and 
not do all the talking. Whenever you think that anyone needs alot 
of your advice to get his or her problem solved, you are only 
revealing your ignorance. If you have an understanding heart, you 
will manifest a good spirit, not only to those in trouble, but to 
everyone. Part of that good spirit is to be a good listener! 

When you are sitting on the sidelines watching, it Is easy to think 
you have all the answers. It is easy to tell the wife of an impossible- 
to-get-along-with drunkard that she ought to just be loving and not 
retaliate. Then everything will work out fine — or will it? If you were 
in her shoes, how would you react? It is easy to tell the husband of 
a sloppy wife that if he just loves her and is patient and kind, it will 
all work out. What then is your answer when, in spite of his love 
and patience, the careless, sloppy habits continue? 

"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up 
anger." Prov. 15:1. 'The words of a wise man's mouth are 
gracious." Ecc. 10:12a. When we should be giving a soft answer, 
the kind which God can bless and use, very often we only make 
bad matters worse by our grievous words. Phrases like "it looks to 
me like you're not trying" or "you know better than that" create 
wrath, rather than turn it away, for they are condemning words. 
Gracious words indicate wisdom, they do not irritate, but rather 
help to calm. Gracious words are kind, merciful, compassionate — 
the soft answer which indeed does turn away wrath. 

"A word spoken in due season, how good is it!" Prov. 15:23b. "A 
word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Prov. 
25:11. A word spoken at exactly the right time, in exactly the right 



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way, is priceless. It matters what we say and also how we say it! 
Job's three friends thought they had all the answers and you may 
think you have all the answers, but God's opinion is what counts. 
God's wrath was kindled against those three and we may find Him 
angry with us if our answers do not come from a gracious heart. 
God is not pleased when we speak with a condemning attitude. 

A woman whose husband often beat her sought help from a 
clergyman. He told her that her husband really didn't mean to hurt 
her, that he was just frustrated, and she should be more kind and 
understanding. The beatings continued, so she consulted her 
doctor. He gave her nerve pills, saying she was too nervous and 
needed to calm down. She later confided in a friend, and when her 
friend's husband heard the story, he thought it all a big exag- 
geration and forbid his wife to help. 

At one particularly bad time, this woman called the police. They 
were no help either, as they refused to answer the call; to them it 
was just domestic trouble. They did call a few hours later to see if 
"things had settled down yet." This poor woman said she could 
have been dead by then! She related all this to a counsellor when 
asked how come she didn't seek help sooner. Then when asked 
why she put up with such treatment, her answer was "who wants a 
woman with three little ones?" 

Of the four attempts mentioned, not one had resulted in any 
constructive help. This woman couldn't prevent the beatings, her 
husband had a problem which needed to be dealt with, but no one 
faced the reality of either need. No one wanted to go to the root of 
the problem. (What would you have done?) It was easier to put all 
the blame and responsibility on the woman. Sometimes our 
answers are just like all of these — they pass judgment, but offer 
no real solution. "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the 
learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him 
that is weary." Isa. 50:4a. Whether a problem is serious or simple, 
only the Lord can give you the right answers. 

"Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye 
may know how ye ought to answer every man." Col. 4:6. God said, 
"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased; hear ye him." 
Matt. 17:5b. Without Christ and His Word in your heart, you won't 
have any right answers or any right way to say them. But with 
Christ in your heart, you will be motivated by His love; your words 
and actions will convey that love. Rather than having all the 
answers, you may feel that you haven't even one, but Jesus does. 
Whether for your own needs or someone else's, look to Jesus for 
the answers. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

SHE WASHED HIS FEET WITH TEARS 

LUKE 7:40-50 

Jesus was invited to eat with a man named Simon who was a 
Pharisee. The Pharisees were a religious sect of the Jews. They 
were very strict about many things. They were the ones whom the 
people trusted to teach them the Law of Moses. The Pharisees 
were the educated people of that day and were usually rich. It was 
expensive to get an education in that day. Jesus criticised the 
Pharisees because they made the Law of Moses of none effect by 
their traditions. They had many ideas and were very particular 
about living the law to the letter as they understood it. By being so 
strict they failed to have love, mercy and compassion for the poor 
and needy. The poor were looked down on by the Pharisees. They 
thought if people lived right God would make them prosperous. 
Many of the Pharisees loaned money and charged high interest 
rates to people who could hardly afford to pay. They were proud 
and liked to make long prayers, to be greeted in the market places 
and to have the best seats in the synagogues. They loved the 
praise of men more than of God. 

After Jesus sat down to eat in Simon's house, a woman who was 
a sinner heard that He was there. She brought with her an 
alabaster box of ointment which was very expensive. She came 
Into the house and stood by Jesus, weeping, and began to wash 
Jesus' feet with her tears and to wipe them with her hair. Then she 
kissed his feet and anointed them with the costly ointment she had 
brought with her. 

When Simon saw the woman, he said to himself, "If this man was 
a prophet, He would have known what manner of woman this is 
that toucheth Him; for she is a sinner." 

Jesus knows our thoughts just as well as if we were speaking out 
loud and He said to Simon, "I have something to say to you" and 
Simon said, "Master say on." 

Jesus said, "There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: 
the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when 
they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, 
therefore, which of them will love him most?" 

Simon answered, "I suppose he, to whom he forgave most." And 
Jesus said unto him, "Thou hast rightly judged." 

Then Jesus turned to the woman, and said to Simon, "See this 
woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for 
my feet; but she has washed my feet with her tears, and wiped 



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them with the hairs of her head. You gave me no kiss; but this 
woman has not ceased to kiss my feet. IVIy head with oil you didn't 
anoint; but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment. Where- 
fore I say unto thee, Her sins which are many, are forgiven; for she 
loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little." 
And Jesus said to the woman, "Thy sins are forgiven; thy faith hath 
saved thee; go in peace." 

How happy that woman must have been when she knew Jesus 
had forgiven her sins. The Bible says, "All have sinned and come 
short of the glory of God." 

Jesus wants to forgive your sins. Will you let Him come into your 
heart? Do you appreciate what He has done for you enough to live 
your life for Him? 

Bro. Rudy Cover 

• • • • • •• 

LIVE TO GIVE AND GIVE TO LIVE 

A rich man once said to a friend, "Why is it everybody is always 
criticizing me for being miserly, when everybody knows I have 
made provisions to leave everything I posses to charity when I 
die?" 

"Well," said the friend, "let me tell you about the pig and the 
cow." The pig was lamenting to the cow one day about how un- 
popular he was. "People are always talking about your gentleness 
and your kind eyes," said the pig. "Sure, you give milk and cream, 
but I give even more. I give bacon, ham, and I give bristles, and 
they even pickle my feet! Still nobody likes me! Why is this?" 

The cow thought a minute, and then said, "Well, maybe it's 
because I give while I'm still living." 

Selected by Sister Marilyn Lilly 



MARRIAGE 

STAUFFER - MEYERS 

Sister Sally Stauffer, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Edwin Stauffer of 
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania and Brother James Meyers, son of 
Bro. and Sis. Roy Meyers of Dallas Center, Iowa, were united in 
holy matrimony on June 30, 1979 at the home of the bride. 

Elder Allen Eberly brought the thoughts of meditation and Bro. 
Fred Pifer performed the ceremony. 

The couple is residing at R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MISSION NEEDS 

We were privileged during Conference to have a joint meeting 
with our Board of Directors and the General Mission Board in the 
pleasant atmosphere of the Mission Springs Conference Center. 

It was decided at that time to make a needed replacement of one 
of the Mission vans. The Mission operates two vans - one twelve 
passenger and one fifteen passenger - to transport people to 
services and students to the Mission school. The 1976 twelve 
passenger van has 71,000 miles on it, which is a lot of miles over 
reservation roads, and is past due for replacement. 

Funds are needed to make this replacement as soon as possible. 
It will be some time before this need could be made known through 
the Torreon Navajo Bulletin, therefore we use this means to 
present the need to you. 

Those individuals, Churches or Sunday School classes wishing 
to make a contribution for this van may do so as the Lord lays it on 
your heart. 

Send contributions to: 

Bro. Kyle T. Reed, Sec. 
R. 1, Box 4 
Minburn, Iowa 50167 

Torreon Navajo Mission 
Newton Jamison, Treas. 

Brother David L. Skiles, Supt. 

Torreon Navajo Mission 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen, Indiana Congregation is planning 
to have their Harvest Meeting August 26. Bro. Dennis St. John from 
Pleasant Ridge, Ohio will bring us the message. We invite every- 
one to come and enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Sarah Wilson, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation plans to have a 
series of Revival Meetings starting Monday, September 3 and 
continuing through Sunday, September 16. Bro. David Kegerreis 
of the Bethel Congregation will be our evangelist. All are invited to 
come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 



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MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The Post Office has given Elder William Carpenter a new 
address. It is: 8012 Cavender St., Morenci, Michigan 49256. 



OBITUARY 

WILLIAM MYERS 

Bro. William C. Myers was born May 13, 1894 and departed this 
life July 9, 1979 in Akron City Hospital at the age of 85 years. 

Survivors include his wife, Beulah; five daughters; one sister; two 
brothers; sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held in Karlo and Sons Funeral Home, 
North Canton, Ohio by Elder Harley Flory. Interment in Sunset 
Hills Burial Park, Canton, Ohio. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR SEPT. 

SepL 2 — "I Will Do a New Thing." Isaiah 43:1-28 (44:1-28), 

Sept. 9 — "Israel Shall Be Saved." Isaiah 45:1-25. 

Sept. 16 — Babylon's Gods Powerless. Isaiah 46:1-13; 47:1-15. 

Sept. 23 — No Peace to the Wicked. Isaiah 48:1-22. 

Sept. 30 — An Acceptable Time. Isaiah 49:1-26. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) What is the new thing that the Lord says He will do in Isaiah 
43:19? 

(2) Who was the Saviour of Israel? Isaiah 45:17, 22. 

(3) Why was Babylon judged of God? Isaiah 47:10-11. 

(4) Why did not the Lord cut off Israel completely when they 
sinned? Isaiah 48:9-10. 

(5) Will the Lord forget His people? Isaiah 49:13-15. 



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HEAVENLY OCCUPATION^Faraday, the great scientist, was 
once asked, "Have you conceived what will be your occupation in 
the next world?" Hesitating a while, Faraday answered, " 'Eye hath 
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, 
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.' I shall 
be with Christ, that's enough." 



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Tues. 


11 


- Neh. 9:22-38 


Wed. 


12 


- Job 5:1 


-27 


Thur. 


13 


- Job 6:1 


-30 


Fri. 14 - 


Job 10:1' 


22 



DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1979 
DELIVERANCE 

Memory Verse: Ezra 8:31 

Then we departed from the river 

of Ahava on the twelfth day of the 

first month, to go unto Jeru- 
salem: and the hand of our God 

was upon us, and he delivered us 

from the hand of the enemy, and 

of such as lay in wait by the way. 
Sat. 1 - 2 Chron. 29:1-19 Memory Verse: Job 5:19 

He shall deliver thee in six 
troubles: yea, in seven there shall 
no evil touch thee. 



Memory Verse: Ezra 9:13 
And after all that is come upon 
us for our evil deeds, and for our 
great trespass, seeing that thou 
our God hast punished us less 
than our iniquities deserve, and 
hast given us such deliverance as 
this; 
Sun. 2 - 2 Chron. 29:20-36 
Mon. 3 - 2 Chron. 32:1-23 
Tues. 4 - 2 Chron. 34:1-17 
Wed. 5 - 2 Chron. 34:18-33 
Thur. 6 - Ezra 5:1-17 
Fri. 7 - Ezra 7:1-28 
Sat. 8 - Ezra 8:21-36 



Memory Verse: Neh. 9:28 
But after they had rest, they did 
evil again before thee: therefore 
leftest thou them in the hand of 
their enemies, so that they had 
the dominion over them: yet 
when they returned, and cried 
unto thee, thou heardest them 
from heaven; and many times 
didst thou deliver them ac- 
cording to thy mercies; 

Sun. 9 - Ezra 9:1-15 

Mon. 10 - Neh. 9:1-21 



Sat. 15 - Job 16:1-22 



Sun. 16 ■ 
Mon. 17 
Tues. 18 
Wed. 19 
Thur. 20 
Fri. 21 - 



■ Job 22:1-30 

- Job 23:1-17 

- Job 29:1-25 

- Job 33:1-33 

- Job 36:1-33 
Psa. 6:1-10 



Sat. 22 - Psa. 7:1-17 



Memory Verse: Job 36:18 
Because there is wrath, beware 
lest he take thee away with his 
stroke: then a great ransom can- 
not deliver thee. 

Sun. 23 - Psa. 17:1-15 

Mon. 24 - Psa. 18:1-24 

Tues. 25 - Psa. 18:25-50 

Wed. 26 - Psa. 22:1-31 

Thur. 27 - Psa. 25:1-22 

Fri. 28 - Psa. 27:1-14 

Sat. 29 - Psa. 31:1-24 



Memory Verse: Psa. 18:2 
The Lord is my rock, and my 
fortress, and my deliverer; my 
God, my strength, in whom I will 
trust; my buckler, and the horn 
of my salvation, and my high 
tower. 

Sun. 30 - Psa. 32:1-11 



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VOL. LVII 



SEPTEMBER 1, 1979 



NO. 17 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be nnore sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SWEETLY SOLEMN THOUGHT 

A sweetly solemn thought 
Comes to me o'er and o'er, 
Today I'm nearer to my home 
Than e'er I've been before. 

Nearer my Father's house, 

Where many mansions be, 

And nearer to the great white throne, 

Nearer the crystal sea. 

Nearer the bound of life. 
Where falls my burden down; 
Nearer to where I leave my cross, 
And where I gain my crown. 

Savior, confirm my trust, 
Complete my faitn in thee; 
And let me feel as If I stood 
Close on eternity; 

Feel as if now my feet 
Were slipping o'er the brink; 
For I may now be nearer home, 
Much nearer than I think. 

— Phoebe Cary 



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WHAT IS YOUR SALVATION WORTH? 

At an auction, each item is held up before the crowd as the 
auctioneer urges the bidders to continue to raise the price until the 
bids will go no higher. When the item is "knocked down" to the 
highest bidder, a value has been placed upon it. Each Item is worth 
what it will bring from the crowd present. 

Whether knick-knacks, furniture or houses and lands, the 
objects of this world have a certain value. These are the perish- 
able, material things of this present world. Not only the present, 
visible things of this world have value but the invisible things of the 
soul also have value. The value of our soul's salvation is the 
greatest of all. 

God without special favor toward anyone or any class, has 
devised a means to redeem us. He has established a plan of 
salvation that will rescue our souls from their expected and 
deserved doom and will lift them up to Heaven. This salvation 
should be of great value to each one who has availed himself of the 
opportunity to be a part of God's Redeemed family. 

There are several reasons why salvation has such great worth. 

1. Its Author 

The author of our salvation is God, Himself. God created man- 
kind with the idea that man would bring pleasure to Him. Man's sin 
has ruined that desired relationship and left to his own devises he 
can not do anything that would bring himself back into God's 
favor. So God took the initiative. All three persons of the Trinity 
have a part in the provided plan. God the Father devised the plan 
even before the foundations of the world were laid. He provided 

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the perfect Sacrifice in His Son. His Love was the great impetus 
behind the rescue of fallen man. God the Son, Jesus Christ, gave 
Himself as the perfect sacrifice on Calvary. God, the Holy Spirit, 
draws men to hear and learn of this salvation. The Spirit moved the 
writers of the Bible to write what we must know to secure so great 
salvation. Salvation has great worth because of its authorship. 

2. Its Length 
Salvation is eternal. The things of this world last only for a few 
years. Men only live a few alotted years before their bodies are laid 
in the ground to return to dust. Our minds can comprehend only 
that which has beginning and ending but our souls have an 
eternity stretching before them. Salvation means a Home beyond 
this life. We look forward to Heaven which is alluded to in the 
pages of the Bible, although it is beyond the power of our minds to 
comprehend. The eternal length of salvation is heightened when 
we realize that our eternal soul will spend that eternity either in 
Heaven or in Hell. Salvation is valuable as an escape from Hell and 
an entrance into Heaven. 

3. Its Price 

The price of our salvation was the blood of Jesus Christ. 
Because of God's great love for even fallen man He was willing to 
give His Son as our ransom upon Calvary's cross. Jesus bore not 
only the pain of crucifixion but more importantly the burden of 
man's sins. Salvation could not have been more secured through 
the death of any other person than the Sinless Jesus. Salvation is 
valuable because of the Price God was willing to pay to provide it 
for us. 

4. Its Cost 

Thus far the value of our salvation has been linked to what God 
has done. Salvation is valuable also because of its cost to us. Jesus 
urges those who want it to first count the cost that they would not 
enter too hastily then regret their choice. The Christian life 
demands a giving up of many objects and activities of this world. If 
salvation is not worth this giving up then it is of very little value to 
us. Because of the cost demanded of us, we realize that we must 
put our trust in Him for help and strength. If salvation is of value to 
us, it will influence all of our decisions. It should have a part in our 
choice of occupation, in our recreation and even in the things we 
think on. If it means much to us we will not want to be marginal 
Christians, trying to live as close the line as the New Testament 
and the Church will allow. Rather we will want to live a whole- 
hearted, consecrated Christian life. If we find that a hard task we 
must remember that if we can trust God in the first place for our 
salvation then we can trust Him to help us live a Christian life. 

Salvation is valuable because of its Author, its length, its Price 
and its Cost. What is your salvation worth to you? 



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WHEN SELF IS ON THE THRONE 

"Self-conscious," "self-pity," "self-discipline," "self-righteous"— 
these are words which we commonly use everyday. Webster's 
unabridged dictionary lists approximately three hundred such 
compound words, with "self" as the prefix. Some of these words 
indicate a positive and good approach to life, where "self" is put in 
its proper place. Many of them indicate a problem. Words such as 
"self-pity," "self-centered," "self-exaltation" indicate that "self" 
comes first and has been elevated to a position where it has no 
right to be. 

We need self-discipline, self-control and a certain amount of 
self-confidence, but it is wrong to be all wrapped up in ourselves. 
Christ must come first with us and self last; He is the only one who 
has the right to supremacy in our lives. If we put self first, we've put 
self on the throne instead of the Lord. Our lives must be motivated 
by Christ and His love, not self, in order to please God. When we 
are motivated by self-love, selfishness or self-pride, we are not 
giving God His rightful place in our lives. 

No one really likes a selfish person. A selfish child or adult can 
make life miserable for everyone around him or her by his de- 
manding, self-centered ways. He wants all the attention; he wants 
every whim satisfied. He wants and wants and wants, but is never 
really contented — and never gives. There are less-obvious 
degrees of selfishness, ones which are more easily hidden, but that 
doesn't make them right. Those nasty words we speak, the 
criticism we hand out, the cold shoulder we give may relieve our 
emotions, but only at someone else's expense. 

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any many will come after 
me, let him deny HIMSELF, and take up his cross, and follow me." 
Matt. 16:24. A self-centered life cannot be a Christ-centered life. 
Selfish whims and desires must be laid aside when we follow 
Christ. With Christ on the throne in our lives, self must get out of 
the way, then we can begin to give the love of Christ to others. 

The priest and the Levite selfishly passed by the robbery 
victim — they were too good, so they thought, to touch the man. 
The Pharisees were selfish; they wanted all the attention and 
authority for themselves. When the people began to follow Christ, 
the Pharisees became jealous and angry. They had exalted 
themselves and did not intend to let go of their position. Jesus 
said, "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he 
that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matt. 23:12. We cannot 
elevate and separate ourselves from others and still expect to have 
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"And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in them- 
selves that they were righteous, and despised others." Luke 18:9. 
The Pharisee in this parable thought he was a pretty good guy and 
bragged to God about all he had done. He didn't see anything 
wrong with himself ( a selfish person never does), but Jesus saw 
the self-righteousness. He saw the way the Pharisees treated 
others, how they looked down on others and only loved 
themselves. True righteousness is revealed by love and concern 
for others and for the Lord, not by bragging about how good we 
think we are. 

Someone gave this definition of the difference between being 
self-willed and strong-willed. "A self-willed person will give in to 
his spontaneous wants and desires. A strong-willed one is self- 
disciplined and can deny himself." A self-willed person is selfish; a 
strong-willed person is unselfish. A selfish person's main concern 
is his own welfare, but Jesus said we don't need to worry about 
ourselves, that God will take care of us. Read Luke 12:22-31. You 
may be afraid that if you are unselfish, you will have to do without, 
but Jesus said to seek the kingdom of God first, then these things 
would be added (v. 31). If we are unselfish and put first things first, 
we can rest assured that our needs will be provided. 

Just what motivates you to do the things you do? Are you 
prompted by selfish desires or by a desire to do God's will? Are 
you trying to make yourself happy, whether others are or not, or do 
you love to make others happy? All those things you say — are 
they prompted by love? What is your motive in witnessing — to 
bring others close to Christ or merely to point out how right you 
are? "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your 
own selves." II Cor. 13:5a. Examine your own heart and be honest 
about what you find. Ask the Lord to take away any selfishness that 
you find there. 

"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, 
he decelveth himself." Gal. 6:3. As Christians, we need to be 
honest with ourselves; we need to use God's Word as our standard 
of measurement. It doesn't pay to measure ourselves by ourselves 
(see II Cor. 10:12b). We need to be concerned about others (Phil. 
2:4), we need to be temperate and self-controlled. We should give 
our wills over to God's control and let His will come first in our 
thoughts and desires. Self does not belong on the throne in our 
lives. When God is on the throne in our hearts, self will not be. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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1979 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

Continued from August 15, 1979 Issue 
Monday Morning 

Song Leader: Bro. David Skiles. Songs: "My Jesus I Love Thee", 
"All For Jesus." 

Opening Devotions: Bro. Harfey Rush. 

This day which God has given us, let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Luke 8:22-26. Where is your faith? Not in a person. Not alone in 
the church but IN Christ. Christ is captain of the old ship Zion. We 
wonder how many who were in the great plane accident in 
Chicago were ready to meet God. As we think of the wreck of the 
Titanic we ask the same question. How many were ready for their 
home in Heaven? 

A man asked a sister what she wore the white cap for. She told 
him and he replied, "Oh, I thought maybe you belonged to a 
fishing club." We should! 

Monday A.M. 

Song Leader: Bro. Tom St. John. Songs: "Pass Me Not O Gentle 
Saviour", "Under His Wings." 

Opening: Bro. Paul Byfield. I John 1:1-10. 

Jesus ties us together. We want to receive a filling. We have 
fellowship through our love of Jesus. 

Song: "A Closer Walk With Thee." 

Bible Study Leader: Bro. Martin Meyers. Lesson: I Cor. 13. 

Our love for Christ grows. The love of husband and wife should 
grow. Are we easily provoked? If some Brother or Sister makes a 
mistake are we quick to criticize? 

Song: "If That Isn't Love." 

Speaker: Bro. Henry Walker. Subject: The Christian's Hope. 

The love of Christ must be in our hearts so our cup is filled and 
running over. I Thess. 4:9-18. Do we have His love? We hope for 
health, wealth and that there is no Hell. Through one man Adam 
sin came into the world. Through one man Christ we are saved. We 
have hope through the resurrection of Christ. I Thess. 4:9-10. 
Increase more and more in love. Christ was beaten until His back 
was raw. The crown of thorns pierced His head. He was laid on the 
cross and nailed fast yet He looked down from the cross on His 
persecutors with the same love He had for His friends. 

We can find love stories in the Bible. The Book of Ruth. Mystery 
stories, Belshazzar. Science fiction, the Red Sea. 

We start the race but don't condition ourselves to finish it. Let us 
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Song: "The Solid Rock." 

Closing Remarks: Bro. Dennis St. John. 

This world has lost its hope. Our hope is not wistful thinking. 
Hope is fulfilled in Heaven. 

Monday P.M. 

Song Leader: Bro. Tom St. John. Songs: "Come We That Love 
the Lord," "Oh How I Love Jesus." 

Opening: Bro. Rudy Cover. Psalms 103. 

He removes our sins as far as the East is from the West. He has 
forgotten them. Peter got his eyes off Jesus when he began to sink. 
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Nothing is too hard for Jesus. 

Song: "Blessed Be the Lord." 

First Speaker: Bro. Merle Swihart. Subject: Thankfulness. ♦ 

This should be the hallmark of every Christian. Psalms 100. Any 
old bird can sing in the sunshine but it takes a good bird to sing in 
the rain. We are not always thankful. Micah 6:1-8. Psalms 50:10. 
The cattle on a thousand hills are mine. Pray for others not just for 
ourselves. When we become unthankful we are getting a long ways 
from God. One soul is worth the whole world. Luke 17:12-19. The 
story of the ten lepers. Only one was thankful. II Tim. 3:1-5. Rev. 
7:9-17. Psalms 50:23. 

Second Speaker: Bro. Kenneth Wolfe. 

Matt. 6:24-34. What is the kingdom of God? It is spiritual. It is 
within you. We cannot find it on the map. It is an attitude of the 
mind. It makes our conduct. It is a life of self denial, cross bearing 
and suffering. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteous- 
ness and all these things shall be added unto you. We choose to 
exalt the carnal mind or choose God. We so often forget God until 
we need Him. 

Closing: Bro. Paul Byfield. 

Father I thank Thee that thou dost hear me. 

Monday Evening 

Song Leader: Bro. Merle Swihart. 

Opening: Bro. Melvin Roesch. Psalms 86:1-7. 

Special prayer was offered for John and Virgie Rio and Elaine 
Leatherman. 

Song: "Burdens are Lifted at Calvary." 

First Speaker: Bro. David Skiles. Subject: Discipleship. Rom. 
11:1-17. 

How would we grade ourselves as disciples? We have a debt to 
our parents, to God, to the Church, to the nation and to our friends. 
Paul had a debt of love. The children of Israel had a debt to the 
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style and this is serious. It is hard to be a disciple. Why doesn't the 
Church grow? What we do with our returns from our labours tells 
our discipleship. Discipleship is a vital part of our Christianity. A 
disciple is a learner. We must love His commands and the Word of 
God. One sin of the Christian is worry. Glory m tribulation. Matt. 
9:36-38. May we be more like Jesus in our compassion. May we be 
a faithful witness, a ready worker and a willing disciple. There is 
strife between God and Satan. May we leave this Conference with 
a greater desire to be a true disciple. 

Song; "I'll Be What You Want Me to Be." 

Second Speaker: Bro. Ora Skiles. John 3:16. The Lost and the 
Saved. 

A person is either lost or saved. "Ye must be born again." Todays 
education is drawing young people away from God. The world has 
nothing to offer. The rich man went to Hell. Lazarus went to 
Heaven. There is no middle ground. Jesus is the only way. 

Closing: Bro. Clyde Schultz. 

There is always something new to be learned in God's Word. 
John 6:66. The disciples went back but Peter said, "Thou art the 
way." 

Tuesday Morning 

Song Leader: Bro. Leonard Wertz. 

Opening Devotions: Bro. Paul Byfield. 

We are making history in the Church for 1979. Acts 3:1-11. Peter 
received the Holy Ghost at Pentecost and now Peter heals the man 
lame from birth or rather he healed through the power of Jesus. 
The Holy Spirit had sent the Apostles where He wanted them. 
When the human side takes over the Holy Spirit can not work. The 
lame man was saved as well as healed. 

Tuesday A.M. 

Song Leader: Bro. Tom St. John. Songs: "Yes, Jesus Loves Me", 
"Nothing But the Blood of Jesus." 

Devotions: Bro. Milton Cook. I Thess. 1:1-10. 

The good influence of Paul on the members at Thessalonlca. 
Their faith had an effect on others In Macedonia and Achala. This 
world is full of dead idols. Let us find the true Christ. 

Bible Study Leader: Bro. Carl Reed. Matt. 18:1-35. Forgiveness. 

If we follow Christ's Instructions many troubles and misunder- 
standings would never happen. 

Song: "Near the Cross." 

Speaker: Bro. Rudy Cover. Subject: Total Commitment. Matt. 
19:16-30. 

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for more and more and then not give. Let's give it all up, start over 
and make Christ first. "Ye must be born again". If we owned the 
whole world we could not buy Heaven. We like to communicate 
with our friends. God is our best friend, let's communicate with 
Him. We are like the Laodicean Church, we need to wake up. Will I 
find faith on earth when ! come? Job 42:1-6. Acts 7:54-60. I can do 
all things through Jesus Christ who strengtheneth me. If we want a 
good Church each member must be consecrated to Christ. 

Closing: Bro. Dennis St. John. 

God's Church is not a half-hearted one. What are we doing with 
our talents? We need to be a servant to know what Jesus wants. 

Tuesday P.M. 

Song Leader: Bro. Dale Blocher. Songs: 'To God be the Glory", 
"All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." 

Remarks: Bro. Paul Byfield. 

If I don't go home from Conference with a more devoted attitude 
towards God it is my own fault. 

Opening: Bro. Rudy Cover. Jonah 2. 

What God says we should do. Where He says to go we should 

go. 

First Speaker: Bro. David Kegerreis. Subject: Being Born Again. I 
Peter 1, John 3:1-13, Ezk. 36:26-28. 

The Jews are going back to Jerusalem. The time for Jesus' 
coming is drawing near. The hand writing is on the walL Acts 2:38- 
41. What is my influence? Jesus Son of David have mercy on me. 
The man blind from birth was given his sight. We need to let the 
world know we have been with Christ. Love thy neighbor as 
thyself. Let's take a look at ourselves and see which road we are 
on, Christ's or Satan's. 

Second Speaker: Bro. John Peffer. Subject: The Blood is the Life 
Line. I John 5:1-10; (sa. 53; Acts 8:26-39; I Peter 3:8. 

We need some updating in our manners with those that are 
fallen. The children mocked Elisha and the bears ate them. Satan 
hates the blood of Jesus. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of 
a living God. 

Closing: Bro. Merle Swihart. 

Be ye holy as I am holy. We can't go out in the world and pull 
ourselves up by our own boot straps. 

Tuesday Evening 

Song Leader: Bro. Harley Rush. 

Opening: Bro. Hayes Reed. Acts 1:12-14; Acts 2:38-47. 

The foundation of Christ's Church. Let's keep His Church pure. 

Song: "Rescue the Perishing." 



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Speaker: Bro. Galen Litfin. Subject: Helping Others. 

I took a man to the bar to find his lost rug. He bought a drink and 
offered me one but I refused. He had two or three more drinks each 
time offering me one also. As I continued to refuse he finally told 
me to keep on teaching the Word. 

Temptations come in many ways today. Our young people find 
many problems in school today. Is Rock and Roll connected with 
witch craft? Moses had a great task to lead the thousands of Israel 
out of Egypt. People in nursing homes, those who are hungry and 
those who are down and out need our help. Why don't we give 
more of our time, money and self? God asks for our tenth, let's 
give it in time as well as money. Do we take time for prayer in the 
morning as well as night? Do we thank Him for each meal? Where 
is the power of the cults? It is much harder to get our young folks 
out of the cults than it is for them to get in. Might our young folks 
be as enthusiastic over Christ and the Church as cult members are 
over their cult and its leaders. 

Christ is our Captain. All power is given to Him in Heaven and in 
earth. Mark 12:30 should be our slogan. 

Song: "Jesus is Calling." 

Closing: Bro. Jacob Ness. 

Everyone was much concerned about the danger from the power 
plant at Three Mile Island. There is a danger far more serious, that 
of missing Heaven. The danger from Three Mile Island could only 
affect the body. Missing Heaven concerns our soul. 
Wednesday Morning 

Song Leader: Bro. Martin Meyers. 

Opening Devotions: Bro. Kenneth Wolfe. 

We all feel a sense of sadness this morning, that soon we must 
each go our individual way. 

John 1:19-22. What sayest thou of thyself? 

Faith is essential. Without faith it is impossible to please God. 
Without faith we cannot be justified before God. The unjust 
steward thought only of himself. The people of this world are wiser 
than the children of light. We cannot serve two masters. We must 
each answer for ourselves. 

Wednesday A.M. 

The opening of the 51st General Conference of the Dunkard 
Brethren Church. 

Opening Devotions: Bro. Frank Shaffer. II Peter 1. 

Moderator: Bro. Edward Johnson. 

Reading Clerk: Bro. Jacob Ness. 

Writing Clerk: Bro. Hayes Reed. 



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Timekeeper: Bro. Tom Longenecker. 

Tellers: Bro. Marlin Marks and Bro. Keith Castle. 

Forty delegates were present. 

Some thoughts to strengthen our faith. I Cor. 1:1-24. Special 
verses: 9-10, 12, 20, 22. 

God keeps His promises even when we don't keep ours. We have 
no strength in ourselves. God must give it to us. Abraham knew 
God was able to raise Isaac from the dead or provide a sacrifice in 
his stead. Which ever was God's will. We need simplicity. We leave 
our mark in the world either for good or bad. 

To you who were not permitted to attend Conference I pray that 
these few notes will help you to receive some of the blessings we 
whom God permitted to attend received. Use them with your Bible 
to follow God's messages. 

Sister Ruth Drake 
R. 3 Box 312, 
Manheim, Pa. 17545 

WRONGLY "FOLLOWING" CHRIST 

I Corinthians 1:12, "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I 
am of Paul: and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ." A 
first reaction to this verse may very well be a sense of short 
sightedness on the part of Paul. It would seem he must be 
mistaken to list followers of Christ as being in error in the same 
sentence as wrongly following men. Paul's actual thinking will 
never be agreed on by Bible interpreters and there are surely 
different avenues of thought that can be followed. I, personally, 
believe Paul was speaking of those who PROFESSED to follow 
Christ but did not do so in a real spiritual sense. Using this as a 
background let us look at several kinds of people today who claim 
to be following Christ but fall short of the Bible demands. 

First let us consider those who say Jesus Christ was just a myth. 
However, they say the stories told about Him and His teachings 
hold moral value and should be followed. Thus they claim to be 
followers of Christ. 

Then there are the individuals who say that Jesus Christ was a 
historical person but He was JUST a man. They say He was a good 
moral teacher and lived a clean life but He had His faults the same 
as other men. They say it is foolish to believe He was born of a 
virgin and His miracles were actually a mixture of progressive 
knowledge of medicine and stories made up to make Him seem 
greater than He was. These also claim to be followers of Christ. 

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say all men can achieve this same thing if they follow the teachings 
of God as Jesus did. They believe that Jesus evolved into a kind of 
God by good works and mental concentration. They too claim to 
be followers of Christ. 

We have the individuals who believe Jesus Christ was the son 
(small "s") of God. They believe He was a special son but still 
ONLY a son. They believe He shows how we can become sons of 
God JUST AS HE DID. They also claim to be followers of Christ. 

A thinking gaining many followers today is that which says that 
Jesus Christ is one of the many ways that God has appeared in the 
flesh. They teach that all the leaders of major world religions were 
methods of God revealing Himself in the flesh. They also teach that 
Jesus was only one of many Christs. These also claim to be 
followers of Christ. 

Then there are those who accept Jesus Christ as The (only) 
begotten Son of God. They religiously follow His COMMANDS 
and TEACHINGS (except to be born again) in order to merit 
salvation. They try to be saved by His LIFE instead of by His 
DEATH (by His shed blood) as the scripture demands. It is a sad 
situation but these professed followers of Christ are just as lost as 
the previous groups. 

Finally there are those who accept Jesus Christ as the Son of 
God as well as God the Son. Their theology is scripturally sound. 
Their problem is that they stop there. They do not realize the need 
of following Christ in a day by day act of obedience. In this same 
group are those who teach "once saved always saved," "Non- 
resistance is not for today," and other "popular" teachings. As to 
their final state of existence, I leave this in the hands of God. But 
they certainly fall short of being complete followers of Christ, 

Let me end with this thought. We must never get so proud of 
being true followers of Christ that we feel we are the only, true 
servants of God. Also we all need to continually search out those 
areas of our lives where we fall short of being followers of Christ in 
a complete sense. 

James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, Pa. 17078 

••••••• 

THE SALT—A person who was once striving to shield from reproof 
those Christians; who love worldly society, said to another; "You 
know believers are called to be the salt of the earth." "Yes," said the 
other, "but if the salt be cast into the ocean, from whence it was 
taken, it will melt away and vanish." 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"WHO IS MY MOTHER: WHO ARE MY BRETHREN?" 

MATTHEW 12:46-50 

Would you like to be a brother or a sister to Jesus? It is possible 
that you can be. If you will study God's Word and do what it says, 
then you can be a brother or a sister to Jesus. Jesus said so. 

There were many people who listened to Jesus speak when He 
was here. Jesus taught the people how to live. He warned them 
against the Pharisees and Scribes who were proud and boastful 
and wanted only to be heard and seen of men. They forgot that 
God can see things that man cannot. Man looks on the outward 
appearance but God looks on the heart. The Pharisees did look 
good outside but Jesus said they were like whited sepulchers that 
were painted white and clean on the outside but on the inside were 
full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Jesus came to tell 
people the truth, even though they didn't like to hear it. The 
common people followed Jesus and received Him gladly. Jesus 
said He came to seek and to save that which was lost. They that 
were whole need not a physician but they that were sick. 

While Jesus was speaking to the people, His mother and His 
brothers came to see Him and they wanted to speak to Him. There 
were so many people around Jesus that His own mother and 
brothers couldn't get close. Someone who knew them noticed who 
they were and said to Jesus, 'Thy mother and thy brethren stand 
without desiring to speak with thee." 

Jesus knew they were there because He knows everything, but 
Jesus wanted to teach the people a great truth. He said, "Who is 
my mother and who are my brethren?" Then He stretched forth His 
hand toward His disciples and said, "Behold my mother and my 
brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in 
heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." 

Aren't you glad that Jesus said this? Now we know that we can 
be a part of the family of God. We can be a brother or a sister or a 
mother to Jesus. How can we be a part of Jesus' family? By doing 
the Father's will. Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world to 
teach us the Father's will. All that Jesus said was what His Father 
told Him to say. Jesus says, "I came not to do mine own will but the 
will of Him that sent me." In Luke 8, Jesus said, "My mother and my 
brethren are they which hear the Word of God and do it." 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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OBITUARY 

ADA WHITMAN 

Sis. Ada May (Webb) Whitman, widow of the late S. L. Whitman, 
was born November 18, 1888 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to Arthur 
and Ella (Smith) Webb, who are deceased. Ada departed this life 
July 21, 1979 at the age of 90 years, 8 months and 3 days, at the 
Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, Ohio. She taught school in her 
earlier years and lived most of her life in the Wood County area in 
Ohio. It was while she was teaching, she met and married Sage L. 
Whitman, who preceded her in death, August 1965. To this union 
was born four children, one son and three daughters, Clare 
Whitman; Leiah Belle (Mrs. Kenneth) Souder, Fostoria, Ohio; 
Luluvene (Mrs. Herbert) Yates, West Unity, Ohio and Fern (Mrs. 
Robert) Baeder, Cleveland, Ohio. Also surviving are three sisters, 
Mrs. Maude Heisey, Mrs. Hattie Bickelhaupt, Mrs. Olive Stuart; and 
three brothers, William, George and Arthur Webb. She also leaves 
to mourn her passing, seven grandchildren and ten great-grand- 
children. She was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, 
one grandchild and one great-grandchild. 

At the age of twenty-six, she accepted Jesus Christ as her 
personal Savior and was baptized into the Kingdom of God and 
became a member of the Body of Christ in the Church of the 
Brethren, where she held membership for many years. Later, in the 
founding year of the Dunkard Brethren Church, she transferred 
her membership to be with them, becoming one of the charter 
members, where she remained until her death. Living a faithful life 
for her Blessed Lord, Whom she loved so much that she deemed it 
a privilege to deny herself and pick up her cross to follow Jesus as 
His disciple. Her Heavenly Father called her out of this earthly life 
to give to His beloved child His rest with all the redeemed. There to 
await the Resurrection morning unto life eternal to be forever with 
her Glorious Lord is our hope for her. 

She faithfully believed; 

'To me to live, is Christ," 

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, 

Only what's done for Christ will last." 

Funeral services were conducted in the Barndt Funeral Home, 
Wayne, Ohio by Elder Harley Flory, Elder Charles Leatherman and 
Elder William Carpenter with interment in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, 
Wood County, Ohio. 



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Farewell, my relatives and friends, 
I bid you all adieu, 
Oh, give your lives to the Savior, 
And always to Jesus be true. 

ril meet you again at the portal, 
Where angels come and go, 
Be faithful then, oh, be faithful, 
It won't be long, you know. 

NEWS ITEMS 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Lord willing, the Grandview Congregation will hold a one 
week Revival from September 16 through September 23. Bro. 
Dennis St. John of Stryker, Ohio, will be our evangelist. 

On Saturday, September 22, there will be services beginning at 
11 A.M. with Lovefeast in the evening. Also there will be services 
throughout Sunday. Gome enjoy these meetings with us. Pray with 
us for these meetings. 

Sister Bertha Jarboe, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation plans to have their Revival September 
23 through October 7 with Elder Dean St. John, Camden, 
Michigan, as the evangelist. 

We extend a hearty invitation to all who can to attend our 
meetings. 

On July 7 we were happy that two precious souls were received 
into the Church. One a Brother on his former baptism and his wife 
was baptized right after Church. May the Lord bless these two 
young people. 

Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Church at Ceres, California enjoyed a 
Revival with Bro. Eugene Kauffman as evangelist. His Spirit-filled 
messages were enjoyed by all. 

The week following our Revival four precious souls were 
baptized. Since then one dear Sister has joined with us. Truly, we 
feel we have had a time of refreshing. 

May the Lord richly bless Bro. Kauffman as he continues to work 
for Jesus. 

Sister Edyth Kline, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

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VOL. LVII 



SEPTEMBER 15, 1979 



NO. 18 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual In life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go Into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be nnore sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



GRACIOUS SPIRIT, LOVE DIVINE 

Gracious Spirit, Love Divine! 
Let thy light within us shine; 
All my guilty fears remove, 
Fill me with thy heav'niy love. 

Speak thy pard'ning grace to me, 
Set the burdened sinner free; 
Lead me to the Lamb of God; 
Wash me in his precious blood. 

Life and peace to me impart, 
Seal salvation on my heart; 
Breathe thyself into my breast, 
Earnest of immortal rest. 

Let me never from thee stray. 
Keep me in the narrow way; 
Fill my soul with joy divine, 
Keep me. Lord, forever thine. 



John Stocker 



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SELFISHNESS 

Selfishness is one of many prevailing faults in the world today. 
Selfishness takes many forms, often disguising itself. But its 
effects can be seen in nearly every realm of life. 

Selfishness is evident in the relationships of people. Friendship 
is based on what advantages, socially or financially, can be gained 
by acquaintance with another. The acquisition of goods and 
property is often a show of selfishness used to impress another. 
Not only do all the neighbors try to keep up with "the Joneses" but 
"the Joneses" are trying to keep up as well. All of this for the sake 
of a selfish desire for possessions or social prestige. 

Selfishness is evident in the world's marketplace. The manu- 
facturer, the wholesaler and the retailer all seek the greatest 
amount of profit possible. Their desire is to make alt that they can 
from their product or service. They have little regard for a fair price 
or to be helpful to their customers only how much money can be 
collected. 

Because selfishness is infectious, the selfishness of one group is 
matched with similar selfishness in other groups. This is very 
evident in the labor unrest of the present day. Today selfishness 
has overwhelmed any sense of duty or loyalty that workers should 
feel toward their employers and the public they serve. Their 
selfishness is often compounded by the use of force to gain their 
desires. There is an unwillingness to suffer financially that peace 
might prevail. In labor disputes there is usually little righteous- 
ness on either side, for both are guilty of selfishness. 

The officials of the government are often affected by selfishness. 

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Some succumb to the temptation to receive bribes, others commit 
illegal and immoral acts in order to continue to hold their offices. 
Often those in government are able to set their own salaries which 
are often set more to please their covetousness than to serve the 
public who provides for them. 

Marriages in today's world are often on the verge of failure and 
many do end in divorce. The root of this failure often lies in selfish- 
ness. Rather than the husband and wife being one they are two, 
each plotting and planning how each can obtain his own selfish 
desires. Consequently selfishness often brings separation, if not 
physical, at least emotional and in purpose. 

We are not surprised to see these conditions which are caused 
by selfishness In the unregenerate world. Selfishness is one of the 
trademarks of the world so its effects are to be expected. But 
selfishness should not be found among Christians. 

Christians are the recipients of the greatest unselfishness ever 
displayed. God, as the giving Father, as the Redeeming Son and as 
the directing Spirit has shown unselfishness without measure. As 
recipients we should likewise be unselfish. But even with such an 
example, we still must battle selfishness within our lives. 

The desires of this life often seem of greater importance than the 
things of Christ. We become more concerned with the upkeep and 
comfort of our homes. We devote more effort to improving our 
financial and social standing than we do in prayer and Bible Study. 
We know more about economics than we do about Christian 
service. We are more interested in our fields and crops and 
animals than we are in our Missions. We are more impressed by a 
person's wealth or prestige than we are by his spiritual life or the 
lack thereof. These are all signs of selfishness that have subtly 
crept into our lives. When our or others' finances are of greater 
concern to us than the salvation of souls there is something amiss 
in our lives. Selfishness and covetousness may well be that thing. 

If this selfishness is a problem in our Christian lives, it should be 
rooted out and destroyed. For those who are to be Christlike, 
selfishness does not fit into that image. A good method for ridding 
our lives of selfishness is to remember, repeat and follow the 
Golden Rule. "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men 
should do to you, do ye even so to them." This rule, if remembered 
and practiced, will improve all social and Spiritual relationships. 
By removing our minds' chief concern from ourselves and 
transferring it to others we can overcome selfishness. If we fulfill 
our duty to others whether Saints or sinners, we will not have much 
time for our selfish desires. Our minds should be concerned about 
the Spiritual needs even above the material needs of others. 

Are you fulfilling the Golden Rule? What are the most important 
things in your life? Is there any selfishness in your life? 



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THE DONKEY AND THE HAY 

There is a story about a stubborn donkey who refused to move, 
regardless of how he was coaxed and prodded. His owner finally 
tied a little bunch of hay to a stick, placing it so the hay dangled in 
front of the donkey, just out of reach. The donkey wanted the hay 
and kept walking forward, trying to reach it. In this way, he 
eventually came to his destination, at which time he received the 
hay. Sometimes people are just like this donkey — very stubborn 
and hard to get started. God has to use special measures then to 
get the desired action. 

God has to coax and prod us into action sometimes, because we 
are stubborn and set in our ways. We don't want to set aside our 
favorite pastimes or other personal plans, so we refuse to move 
when God says go. Whenever He asks us to move, it is always with 
good reason and He will bless us after we've done His will. God 
does not ask us to do things for Him just to keep us busy. He wants 
us to take the message of salvation to others. Even though it may 
inconvenience us at times, whatever effort we put into it will be well 
worth it. 

Jonah had to be coaxed and prodded; so did Moses. Paul had to 
be literally stopped in his tracks and blinded for three days in order 
to get him to do God's will. Jonah had to spend three days inside 
the great fish before he consented to do what God had told him to 
do in the first place. Moses spent forty years in the wilderness 
before he was ready to do God's bidding and lead the children of 
Israel. Even then, he still thought he had to have help. How many 
times has God had to use some drastic measures on you to get you 
to move according to His will for your life? 

When we give our hearts to the Lord, there are general principles 
which we are to follow. But God also has an individual field of 
service for each of us; it usually is these individual responsibilities 
at which we balk. Personal service requires a little extra from us — 
more of our time, our talent, our finances — and we may selfishly 
wish to keep this "extra" for ourselves. Jonah evidently thought 
God should send someone else to Ninevah, so he tried to run away 
from the job, but it was still there for him to do. God required that 
he give his extra by preaching in this huge city. What is your field 
of service. 

Moses thought God should get someone else to do his job, 
because he could not talk fast enough and he wasn't important 
enough to appear befpre Pharaoh. Besides, who would believe him 
anyhow when he told them he had a message from God? God was 
angry with Moses for not trusting Him with his speech problem 
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three signs to use before Pharaoh and He also gave him a promise 
which would be fulfilled when Israel was free. Because Moses 
wasn't willing to go until God gave him a spokesman, he no doubt 
cheated himself out of a blessing. He didn't trust God to help him 
even though God had promised to do so. How often have you 
cheated yourself by refusing to move, even when God has assured 
you that He will be with you? 

Lot lingered in Sodom when he should have been hurrying to 
safety. He was not moving as God wanted him to. II Chron. 25:2 
tells us that "Amaziah did right, but not with a perfect heart." Lot 
did not seek close fellowship with God and Amaziah's heart was 
not in what he did. Either situation is dangerous, for both take us 
away from God. We should be willing to move on in the Lord's 
work, with our hearts set on pleasing Him, even when it means we 
must leave familiar things behind. 

"I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: maimed, and ye clothed 
me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not." Matt. 25:43. 
(You didn't have time for me when I needed you. You kept your 
extra for yourself.) "I will follow thee, but — " Luke 9:61. (Not right 
now, Lord. I have other things to do. I'll do Your work later on.) 
"When I have a convenient season, I will call for thee." Acts 24:25. 
(Don't call me, I'll call you when I have nothing else to do.) "And 
the door was shut." Matt. 25:10. (The opportunity was now gone. 
So was the blessing!) 

"And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth 
them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house 
upon the sand." Matt. 7:26. Stubbornly refusing to do God's will is 
not a mark of intelligence. A donkey is noted for being stubborn, 
but a child of God should not be. Refusing to accept God's call to 
service is a sin (see James 4:17) just as much as an outright 
violation of a commandment. 

Gideon made excuses, but after he received plenty of assurance, 
he went into action. He thought he was just a nobody and who 
could use a nobody? God can! "With good will doing service, as to 
the Lord, and not to men." Eph. 6:7. When you are willing to serve, 
God can take you, a nobody, and make you a somebody, so don't 
be so hard to get started! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

••••••• 

There is no investment that pays larger dividends all things 
considered than cheerful smiles and kind words. 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

GREATER BARNS! 

LUKE 12:16-21 

Would you like to have a million dollars? Most people would. 
One time Jesus told about a certain ricii man. This man's farm had 
produced so much his barns couldn't hold it all. The man said to 
himself, "What shall I do because I have no room to bestow my 
fruits?" After thinking it over he decided what to do and said, "I will 
pull down my barns and build greater; and there will I bestow all 
my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul you have 
much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink; and 
be merry.' " 

This man was very selfish. He wasn't thinking how much good he 
could do by helping somebody else. He was only thinking of 
himself. God had blessed him with riches, land and bountiful 
crops. It would have been easy for him to have given some of his 
riches to help others. If he would have sold his surplus, he wouldn't 
have needed to build greater barns. Maybe he wanted to keep his 
crops till he could have received a better price. We don't know 
what all he had in mind but we do know he was only thinking about 
himself. He didn't care or have any concern for his neighbors or 
those around him. He was like some people are today. His fortune 
was made — enough for many years. He had what he always 
wanted. Now he could retire — take it easy — live it up! 

What do you think of a man like that? I don't know what you 
think but I know what God said. "But God said unto him, Thou 
fool, this night shall thy soul be required of thee: then whose shall 
these things be, which you have provided?' " Jesus said, "So is he 
that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." 

The only way to be rich toward God is to help somebody in need. 
Jesus said, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of 
these, my brethren, you have done it unto me." "For where your 
treasure is, there will your heart be also." 

When God blesses us with the good things of life He wants us to 
help others too. We don't know how long we will live here. When 
God calls us we will have to go and we won't be able to take 
anything with us. Like the rich man who would build greater barns, 
we will have to leave it all. 



Brother Rudy Cover 



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LEARN 

The study of the Bible consists of reading, listening, and under- 
standing its message. A believer in Christ seeks the scripture on a 
frequent basis as a means to learn of the Lord, His will, and as a 
guide for action in his/her life. John 5;39; I Tim. 4:13-16, II Tim. 
3:14-17, Matt. 11:28-29, Luke 4:4, James 1:22-23. Have we read the 
Bible? 

Jesus overcame the temptations of Satan by knowing and using 
scripture. Matt. 4:1-10. Was this account recorded to be an 
example for us? Do we overcome temptation by knowing and 
using scripture? 

We are told (Matt. 24:4-11) that in the last days there will be false 
teachers. How will we know them? Our only defense is our 
knowledge of the scripture. Read the Bible. 

Add to you reading: discussions, questions, research, use of 
additional sources - history books, commentaries, prayer and 
practice. You will learn. When you need clarification, seek the 
knowledge of your ministers and Elders. 

Begin today, to increase your knowledge of the scripture and 
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom." 
Colossians 3:16. 

Sister Beverly Frost 

521 Spruce, 

Kansas City, Missouri 64124 

THE LIFE OF PAUL 

There are some men whose lives it is impossible to study without 
receiving the impression that they were placed in this old world to 
do a special work. It seems to me this fits the life of Paul. He was 
our first missionary. He was born in Tarsus of Cilicia about the 
time Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. He lived in Tarsus till 
he was thirteen or fourteen years of age. At this time Paul did not 
know any thing about Jesus, but later in life he learned about 
Jesus and returned to the town of Tarsus and preached the 
doctrine of salvation which Jesus had brought into this world. 

We find he was named Paul and Saul, both probably at the time 
of circumcision. He was named the Jewish name Saul and the 
Roman name Paul. He of course was sent to school, when he was 
old enough, as his parents were Jews, a people who were carefully 
educated. They regarded it a crime not to educate their children. 
He finished his course at the early age of fourteen at Tarsus, then 
he went to Jerusalem and finished a course there, again returning 
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During the years that Paul was absent from Jerusalem, John the 
Baptist came preaching repentance in the Jordan valley, preparing 
the way for the Savior of the world. Then Jesus came and was 
baptized of John and went throughout Palestine with the Twelve 
and others preaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, and 
doing many wonderful miracles. 

After Jesus' three short years or more was spent and the time 
had come for Him to return to His Father, His disciples or Apostles 
carried on the work He had left them through the guidance of the 
Holy Spirit. Now the Jews, who had caused Jesus to be crucified 
began to be alarmed and tried to keep the Apostles from preaching 
by persecuting them. Paul at this time returned to Jerusalem. He 
was elected a member of the Sanhedrin. One of the most 
prominent men among the disciples of Jerusalem was Stephen. He 
was one of those seven men commonly referred to as the seven 
deacons. Of course, they did not like his preaching, so they laid 
plans to bring him before the council. We find Stephen had no fear 
and was not troubled because he had the truth on his side. I am 
sure he was more than happy that we was counted worthy to suffer 
shame for the sake of Jesus. 

When he was given liberty to preach, he stood forth and 
preached to the men of the Sanhedrin a powerful sermon. It was 
the Jewish custom, when a man was put to death in this way that 
the men who had borne witness against him were required to cast 
the first stone. The witnesses removed their outer garments to 
stone Stephen and laid them at Paul's feet. He saw the stones fall 
upon Stephen, he saw Stephen as he looked into Heaven and 
beheld the glory of God and Jesus at His right hand and he saw 
him when he kneeled down praying with a loud voice for his 
murderers until he died. 

Here Paul witnessed the first martyr for Christ. We so often 
wonder why he was not made to believe at this very moment, after 
witnessing such a scene and seeing the wonderful faith Stephen 
had in his blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Paul at once 
decided to make a trip to Damascus to see if there was any one 
who believed in Jesus there and if so to bind them and bring them 
to Jerusalem for trial. But as Paul was on his way there, a journey 
of probably five or six days, Jesus met him. It was mid-day. The 
Glory of God outshone the sun. Paul, blinded, fell to the ground. 
Paul was very much aware that this was Jesus. Jesus said, "I am 
Jesus whom thou persecutest." Here he did not try to deny the 
Savior. He realized his past life was a failure and a mistake in God's 
sight. How sad it is that we don't take the time to check our past life 
and to see how far we have come short. 



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Jesus told him to go to Damascus where Ananias would tell him, 
in three days, what he must do. Ananias, the good saint of God, 
laid his hands upon him and he received his sight. He then arose 
and was baptized. Paul knew without a doubt that it was Jesus who 
had changed his life. The truest motto for his life, to me, would be 
his own words, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." Indeed, so 
perfectly was Christ formed in him that we can seem to see Christ's 
character in his. So we say, as we study the life of Paul, we can 
even learn more of Christ. Paul was a great thinker. He never left a 
project till it was completed. 

Christ's death became one of Paul's subjects. Why it was needed 
and its results. His devotion to Christ made him become the 
Thinker of Christianity, not only the Church's greatest thinker, but 
the greatest worker she has ever known. I think Paul often would 
have liked to have blotted out his past life before he accepted 
Jesus. All along he felt he was the least of all the Apostles, not even 
worthy to be called an Apostle because he had persecuted the 
Church of God. In the years before his conversion he went through 
a course of preparation which he was not aware of, that had 
prepared him for the great life ahead of him after he accepted 
Christ. 

Ananias was probably the leading man in the small community 
of believers at Damascus. He was told in a vision of the change 
which had come to Paul and was sent to restore his sight and to 
admit him mto the Christian Church by baptism. It must have been 
a very touching scene when this man of God approached the man 
who had come to the city to take his life. Ananias forgave him and 
clasped him in his arms with Christian Love. Again, when Paul had 
received his sight he learned from this great man of God the future 
the Saviour had for him. He was to be a vessel to carry His name to 
the Gentiles and to kings and to the Children of Israel. Paul 
accepted this mission, going forth carrying the message of 
Salvation to the dying world. He was a faithful worker for the Lord. 

Paul's life was a miracle of divine grace and he was always so 
happy in the work of the Lord. He loved to preach the Gospel. He 
had not expected to come to Rome as a chained prisoner, perhaps, 
but that is the way God took to answer his prayer. We know God 
moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. His desire to 
see Rome was fulfilled. The city of Rome burned. This doubtless 
led to Paul's re-arrest as a prominent leader among the Christians. 
He was brought back to Rome about the spring of 68 A.D., where 
he again was imprisoned, this time in close confinement and was 
put to death during the summer of that year. 

Paul did not see the death, but the victory. "A Home not made 



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with hands, eternal in the heavens." As he kneels to receive the 
fatal blow, one can almost hear him repeat, "So when this 
corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put 
on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is 
written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy 
sting? O grave, where is thy victory?... Thanks be to God, which 
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

THE ENIGMA OF PAIN REFLECTS 
THE MYSTERY OF GOD 

By Kristi Hermeier 

The experience of pain, in whatever form it takes, is universal. 
Human suffering is one of the world's greatest unanswered 
questions. Especially during the newness of the Christmas season, 
do we become more and more aware of the mystery involved in It. 

Tm not writing this article to attempt an answer to the suffering 
question. I am writing, instead, simply to share some of my 
thoughts and experiences on the matter. Also, perhaps by 
examining my mistakes and efforts In dealing with pain, you will 
have something to fall back on when it comes your way... as It 
inevitably will. 

Just by way of background, I was on Cross Fire 75, the team to 
West Africa. I spent much of the fifteen months we traveled in pain 
and incredible fatigue. I never really took it too seriously, as most 
of us were sick regularly. It became frustrating for me, and the 
entire team, though, when my illness outweighed my healthy 
times. 

The situation reached a crisis the final month of team when I just 
couldn't continue. I was hospitalized at the end of August, 1976, 
and due to the persistence of a caring doctor, discovered I was the 
victim (and had been for years) of an incurable, and oftentimes 
cruelly painful disease called Systemic Lupus Erythemetosis. 
Lupus for short. The cause and cure remain unknown. 

I remember laying In the hospital In a state of disbelief. My head 
whirled with questions, but none so prevalent as the eternal 
"why?" Why me... why now... why this? 

I was suddenly faced with the reality that I would be dealing with 
pain on a day to day basis for the rest of my life. In the fear that 
such thoughts bring, I began to observe the attitudes toward 
suffering in the people around me. 

Most of us view pain as something alien, something to eradicate 
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you deal with ills that are temporal, definable, and curable. But not 
all suffering falls into these categories. 

What do we say to those ills and accidents which leave their 
victims permanently disabled, disfigured, or mentally 
incapacitated? We cannot simply dismiss them. They are real, and 
difficult, and very much a mystery. 

When a Christian deals with life situations, she must keep in 
mind the fact that God is a mystery. He cannot be defined or 
explained by our limited knowledge. Who hasn't heard someone in 
desperation or grief ask the unanswerable "why?" And who has the 
power and wisdom to respond? 

Once we accept that sometimes there are no answers, at least for 
now, we experience a release of those gnawing doubts, and 
become free to start learning. When there are no answers, only 
questions for us, we must look to Christ, and His example. 

Jesus felt. He hurt and laughed, suffered and died as we all must. 
He was and is God incarnate, sensitive counselor to our despair, as 
He has felt the very same pain we feel. 

C. S. Lewis, upon the death of a dear friend wrote in his book, "A 
Grief Observed": When I lay these questions before God, I get no 
answer. But, a rather special no answer. It is not a locked door. It is 
more like a silent, certainly not unkind gaze. As though He shook 
His head, not in refusal, but waiving the question. Like, "Peace 
Child, you don't understand." 

The enigma of pain reflects the mystery of God. It begins as a 
journey of trust. We can choose to accept and deal with our f raility, 
or state, like Ivan Dostoevsky, "If God offered me suffering as a 
pass through life, I for one would return the ticket." We can face, 
and even learn from the realities of our humanity, or we can run 
from them. 

Why must suffering remain a mystery? I can't give a pat answer, 
but isn't it true that the times we are closest to the Lord are those 
times in which we have no control? For me, these are also the 
hours of my greatest sensitivity and compassion for those near me. 

It's only when our efforts to rationalize and eradicate seemingly 
useless pain are gone, and we reach the end of our own rope, that 
we see Christ's strength available to us. If the mystery were fully 
explained, there would be no crisis. Most of all, there would be no 
need of our faith walk with God. 

Pain and suffering are not some type of Cosmic Character 
Builders sent by the Almighty. They are, however, used (by Him) to 
strengthen and cleanse our relationship with Himself and with 
each other. 



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As Christians we believe that God's promises are true. Rom. 8:28 
reminds us that the Lord is ever present and working in our trials. 
Sometimes this is comforting, but often the pain is still there, and 
still very hard to cope with. 

Just because we know we are living a mystery, and God is using 
it, doesn't make us hurt any less. But so much of our suffering 
depends upon our attitude toward it. 

It's very human, and necessary, I believe, to experience fear, 
anger, selfpity, and even bitterness. We wouldn't be normal if these 
emotions didn't pass through us. I think so often of one of my 
African friends, who, when I reached a high-pitched frustration, 
would always shake his head and say, "Kristi, it will pass." 

It will pass. Fear, and all of the so-called "negative" emotions 
that follow it, can be healthy, normative, and even creative forces 
in our lives. An emotionally well balanced human is capable of 
them all. They only become evil when we allow them to immobilize 
us and blind us to the lessons we could be learning. 

Personally, I have chosen to concentrate on life, my life as it is 
now. I cannot wish the pain away, or ignore it. It has become a very 
real part of who I am. But what I can do, whether I am suffering or 
not, is to concentrate on the health that exists inside of me. The 
acceptance of my human condition, in the light of God's promises, 
leads to a fresh hope, and a new peace of mind. 

As I study the Bible, I'm always amazed at the incredible 
sensitivity Jesus has toward us. We humans, unfortunately, are 
much more egocentric in our view of suffering. We usually mean 
well, but never quite know what to say or do. 

In sharing with a person in pain, or dealing with it yourself, it is 
vital to remember that the suffering Christian lives with a constant 
reminder of his/her fraility. There is no question that God heals, 
likewise there is no question that we don't always understand how 
He does so. 

Ours is not a total theology of glory. We live, as Martin Luther 
puts it, "In the shadow of the Cross." We must take this cross 
seriously, with all of its implications. 

There is no victory without defeat, glory without shame, or health 
without suffering. For example: I cannot say that I have been 
healed of my disease. I can say, however, that I have been healed 
of many other things through my disease. I've never felt as loved as 
when I discovered I had Lupus. I saw Christ alive through the 
caring of His church, and I experienced, firsthand, the sensitivity 
and faith of His followers. Healing with suffering... victory, in the 
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I'd like to tell you that I accept and trust at all times, but I can't. 
I'm constantly reminded of my mortality. But I'm also reminded 
that in the shadow (or light?) of the cross, and God's promise of 
redemption through Christ, there Is hope. 

In closing out my thoughts, I think it's important to mention a 
little bit on the practical side of sensitivity to the suffering person. I 
believe the most important attitude you can take is honesty. 

A person is rarely alone in his pain. If there are people around 
who care, they will be suffering also. If you find yourself in that 
boat, don't be afraid to admit you're afraid. Be honest about your 
feelings, hurts and fears. 

If you're angry or confused, talk about it — it helps. Be 
supportive of the suffering person, but don't pity him. Let him 
know you care by being yourself, that is, after all, who they love 
and need. 

Accept the ills of those you're dealing with as a part of them- 
selves. A very real part. Most of all, don't underestimate them. They 
will fight the pain, fear, and desperation hand in hand with you, 
and with our Lord. 

I hope some of the things I've talked about will help you in your 
trials. I hope it helps the next time you hold me, or someone like 
me as they cry. I hope most of all, you use your experience in 
suffering to grow in sensitivity, and that our God will burn into your 
conscience your need of Him in health as well as pain. This 
Christmas, may you be guided by the tender compassion of our 
bleeding Savior. 

Selected from Luther College 
COLLAGE by 
Sister Juanita Reed 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSOMS FOR OCTOBER 

Oct. 7 — Hearken Unto God. Isaiah 51:1-23 (50:1-11). 
Oct. 14 — "Break Forth Into Joy." Isaiah 52:1-15. 
Oct. 21 — The Suffering Saviour. Isaiah 53:1-12. 
Oct. 28 — "Sing, O Barren." Isaiah 54:1-17. 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) Who are the children of Abraham? Rom. 9:7-8; John 8:39. 

(2) What is the blessing of the redeemed of the Lord? Isaiah 
51:11. 

(3) Who was the prophet speaking of when he said, "His image 
was so marred more than any man and his form more than 
the sons of men." Isa. 52:14; Isa. 53:3. 

(4) Why did it please God to bruise His Son — to put Him to 
grief? Isa. 53:10-12. 

(5) Who is the barren woman in Isaiah 54? Isa. 54:17. 



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IDLE WORDS 

Idle words say nothing — 

Though many things they show; 
They mar the beauty of the soul — 

Though once as white as snow! 
They leave a strain, a scar, a blot, 

When spoken by the fair — 
And add unto the weary still; 

Another weight of care. , 

The perfect man withholds them, i 

The fool by these is known, 
It's by God's Grace we overcome, 

We'll reap as we have sown. 
And too, vain words deceive us, ; 

We count them little things, j 

But like the crooked scorpion, — 

Those too, have bitter stings! i 

They are as fetters to the soul. 

They bind to things below; 
Their powers to thwart God's purpose, j 

Himself, alone, can know. j 

They are as thieves, we bid them come, j 

They rob us of God's best, : 

They make His presence flee away. 

And take away our rest. 

The sun of time is sinking. 

Our journey soon is o'er. 
And we shall reap their emptiness, 

Perhaps, for ever more! 
Except the Blood shall cover. 

And they shall be forgiven. 
Then let us lay them all aside. 

And press our way to heaven. 

— Ethel Meadows 

Selected by Brother Lester M. Flora 

• •••••• 



KING'S DAUGHTER— A poor but godly woman called to see two 
rich young ladies, also Christians. Their brother was astonished to 
find this plain-looking woman in their elegant home, but one of the 
sisters kindly introduced her, and said: "Brother, this is a King's 
daughter, only she has not yet received her fine robes." 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Paul Hartz, Jr. is: 157 Lincoln Street, 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the revival meetings at West Fulton will begin 
September 30 and continue for two weeks. Bro. Virgil Leatherman 
of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, will be our evangelist. 

We extend a hearty invitation to all who can come, to worship 
with us. Might we all pray that souls may be saved. 

Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation, the Lord willing, plan to hold 
their Harvest Meeting, September 9. 

Their Lovefeast meetings will be November 10 and 11. They 
begin Saturday at 1 1 A.M., services in afternoon and the Lovefeast 
Saturday evening. Services on Sunday. 

Come enjoy these services with us. 

Sister Ruth Klelnhen, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation will observe our 
Fall Lovefeast on Sunday, October 14. We invite all to come and 
enjoy this all day service with us. 

Sister Wilma Eberly, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Church plans to have a week's revival starting 
October 14, Lord willing. Bro. Hayes Reed will be our evangelist. 
Saturday, October 20, services start at 11 A.M. with Lovefeast in 
the evening, also Sunday services. If you cannot be with us, pray 
for the meetings. 

Sister Ethel Whitmer, Cor. 

THANKS 
I wish to express my sincere thanks for the many letters, cards, 
telephone calls and above all for the many prayers remembering 
me after my accident. May the Lord richly bless each one. 

Sister Sarah Roesch 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR OCTOBER, 1979 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Psa. 34:7 
The angel of the Lord encampeth 
round about them that fear him, 
and delivereth them. 

Mon. 1 - Psa. 33:1-22 

Tues. 2 - Psa. 34:1-22 

Wed. 3- Psa. 37:1-20 

Thur. 4- Psa. 37:21-40 

Fri. 5- Psa. 39:1-13 

Sat. 6- Psa. 40:1-17 



Memory Verse: Psa. 41:1 
Blessed is he that considereth the 
poor: the Lord will deliver him in 
time of trouble. 

Sun. 7- Psa. 41:1-13 

Mon. 8 - Psa. 43:1-5 

Tues. 9 - Psa. 50:1-23 

Wed. 10- Psa. 51:1-19 

Thur. 11 - Psa. 54:1-7 

Fri. 12 - Psa. 55:1-23 

Sat. 13 - Psa. 56:1-13 



Memory Verse: Psa. 56:13 
For thou hast delivered my soul 
from death: wilt not thou deliver 
my feet from falling, that I may 
walk before God in the light of 
the living'^ 

Sun. 14 - Psa, 59:1-17 

Mon. 15- Psa. 60:1-12 



Tues. 16 
Wed. 17 
Thur. 18 
Fri. 19 
Sat. 20 



Psa. 69:1-17 

- Psa. 69:18-36 

- Psa. 70:1-5 
Psa. 71:1-24 

Psa. 72:1-20 



Memory Verse: Psa. 79:9 
Help us, O God of our salvation, 
for the glory of thy name: and 
deliver us, and purge away our 
sins, for thy name's sake. 

Sun. 21 - Psa. 74:1-23 

Mon. 22- Psa. 78:1-25 

Tues. 23 - Psa. 78:26-48 

Wed. 24- Psa. 78:49-72 

Thur. 25 - Psa. 79:1-13 

Fri. 26- Psa. 81:1-16 

Sat. 27 - Psa. 82:1-8 



Memory Verse: Psa. 86:13 
For great is thy mercy toward me: 

and thou hast delivered my soul 

from the lowest hell. 
Sun. 28 - Psa. 86:1-17 
Mon. 29 - Psa. 89:1-25 
Tues. 30 - Psa. 89:26-52 
Wed. 31 - Psa. 91:1-16 

Memory Verse: Psa. 91:15 
He shall call upon me, and I will 
answer him: I will be with him in 
trouble: I will deliver him, and 
honour him. 



Lester Fisher 
4664 N. State 
Covington, OH 



Rte. 48 
45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVII 



OCTOBER 1, 1979 



NO. 19 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into ail 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HELP US TO HELP EACH OTHER, LORD 

iHelp us to help each other, Lord, 
Each other's cross to bear; 
Let each his friendly aid afford, 
And feel his brother's care. 

Help us to build each other up, 
Our little stock improve; 
increase our faith, confirm our hope, 
And perfect us in love. 

Up into thee, the living Head, 
Let us in all things grow, 
Till thou hast made us free indeed, 
And spotless here below. 

Then, when the mighty work is wrought. 
Receive thy ready bride: 
Give us in heav'n a happy lot 
With all the sanctified. 

— Charles Wesley 



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CARING FOR PEOPLE 

There are millions of dollars spent yearly to provide for the 
physical needs of the afflicted and the poor. The government 
provides extensive welfare services to the poor. Various philan- 
thropic organizations have been established to provide 
educational, financial, recreational and physical benefits for those 
unable to provide for themselves. Various groups have been 
formed to study and combat various diseases and afflictions. Some 
groups have been formed to foster good morals in the community. 
These various organizations, established with good intentions, 
have accomplished much temporal good. But their accomplish- 
ments are limited because their purposes are worldly and their 
power is worldly — health, wealth and welfare are their areas of 
service. 

Caring for people must go beyond the things and wants of this 
world. A person is not really cared for who does not receive 
spiritual care as well as physical care. Physical care has a place in 
the total care and concern for another. Jesus commended those 
who cared about the hungry, thirsty, lonely and imprisoned. He 
raised their service of caring for others to service for Himself. He 
healed and helped people with their physical and temporal needs 
throughout His earthly ministry, but His greatest concern was ever 
their Spiritual needs. 

This care for people, physically and Spiritually, has been left by 
Him for the Church to perform. While other organizations strive to 
provide care they can only go so far because they forget, neglect 
oj belittle the Spiritual needs of the needy. The Church is the only 

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organization that can treat all the needs of mankind. Only the 
Church has salvation to offer the lost and dying soul. 

The work of the Church in providing this care to the needy is an 
individual effort of her members. The work is not done through 
boards and committees but through individual Christian lives that 
reflect the Gospel through service and concern. Caring should be 
the natural thing for each Christian, who has been cared for by 
God and others even before becoming His child. 

The Christian fulfills his duty of loving God by his concern and 
care for others. He cares not only for the provision of money and 
goods but for the needs of the invisible but eternal soul. 

To express the love of God and to demonstrate care for the 
needy, more than sweet promises and physical gifts are necessary. 
The love of God has been expressed not only through the gift of 
His Son but also through His Word. Within the pages of the Bible 
will be found not only the promises of Heaven but also the 
warnings of Hell. Not only does He speak of saving faith but also of 
a Christian life to be lived. Mankind is told of judgment as well as 
blessings. 

It is pleasant to speak of the redemption of a sinner's soul, of a 
Home in Heaven, of the promises given to the faithful and even to 
think of the escape from Hell. Many would wish to stop their caring 
at this point. To care for another demands explaining the sinner's 
sad condition, God's loving provision and the means of applying 
God's remedy to man's condition. The sinner needs to know that 
he must not only believe in God and the work accomplished by 
Jesus, but he must make a definite break with his life of sin, 
whether sinful deeds or attitudes. He must know that the baptismal 
waters are necessary that he might have contact with the blood of 
Christ, so he can come forth from that watery grave a new man, as 
Jesgs came forth from the grave in His Resurrected glory. He must 
know as well that there is a Christian life that must be lived. The 
Christian's care must be great enough to teach even the small 
things needed in the Christian life. 

Too often the attitude is that the small things don't really matter, 
that they are just rules made to satisfy a few men's whims, but they 
have come forth because of a need to improve and guard the 
Christian life. If the Christian does really care for another's 
spiritual life he must share these necessary things as well as the 
more prominent popular doctrines. True care is not only 
concerned with faith and love but must be broad enough to include 
the little things. 

It is a common claim today that Christianity and the Church have 
lost their power. If this is true, could it be that Christians have lost 
their power because they do not care enough for the small things 



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of the Christian life? Do you care about people? Do you care 
enough to teach and practice the total Christian life? 

STRAIGHTWAY 

"Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and 
Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. 
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you 
to be fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and 
followed him." Mark 1:16-18. 

The word "straightway" is used many times in the Bible. We do 
not use it so much in our time. Webster's dictionary defines it to 
mean, "immediately", "without delay." 

In our daily walk of life how many times are we prompted to write 
a letter or make a phone call to someone who is sick or lonely, or to 
take time out to visit someone who is sick? Do we straightway stop 
what we are doing? We should answer these promptings without 
delay. 

Yesterday I could have talked to my friend. 
Today, he is lying silent and still. 
And that's what we get and deserve in the end. 
Around the corner, a vanished friend. 

In the story of Saul's conversion in Acts 9:18 it says, "And 
immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he 
received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." Verse 20, 
"And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is 
the Son of God." 

That night that Paul and Silas prayed and sang songs in prison, 
the great earthquake opened the doors. The jailer, much 
frightened, asked them, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And 
they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be 
saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the 
Lord, ... And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed 
their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway." Acts 
16:30b-33. 

Jesus does not advocate putting off till tomorrow what needs to 
be done. When the Pharisees watched Him to see if He would heal 
a man who had dropsy on the Sabbath Day, Jesus asked them, "Is 
it lawful to heal on the Sabbath Day?" And Jesus healed the man. 

And Jesus "answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an 
ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out 
on the Sabbath Day?" Luke 14:5. 

John 6:1 8-21 , "And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that 
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furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto 
the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them. It is I; Be not 
afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship; and 
immediately the ship was at the land whither they went." Miracles 
happen when Jesus gets in the ship with us. But how quickly we 
forget. 

James tells us we are like a man beholding his natural face in a 
glass or a mirror. "For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, 
and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso 
looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he 
being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall 
be blessed in his deed." James 1:24-25. 

If we would be wise, we would straightway heed the promptings 
of the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus calls us o'er the tumult 
Of our life's wild, restless sea; 
Day by day, I hear Him saying. 
Christian, Come and follow me. 

Sister Edyth Kline 

THE GOOD FIGHT 

Christ our Saviour endured severe hardships. In His saving 
Gospel we have also the record of many hardships, faithful 
soldiers of the Cross endured. True soldiers of the Cross of Christ 
are not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. We believe the 
Apostle Paul thought of his struggles, hardships and the 
opposition against him when he said, "I have fought a good fight." 

The weapons of the Christian's welfare are not carnal. We need 
the sword of spirituality and a desire to never surrender to the 
forces of evil. We need to stand by the Word of God, which is 
sharper than any two edged sword. "Fight the good fight of faith, 
lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called and hast 
professed a good profession before many witnesses." I Tim. 6:12. 
We need a strong determination to stand for truth and righteous- 
ness at all times. We need the sword of the Spirit. 

The faithful Apostles met many hardships through their labors in 
their faithful service to the Lord. When the Apostle Paul and Silas 
were put in prison because of their faithful service to the Lord, they 
sang praises to the Lord and they were rescued by the power of 
God. When Paul was nearing the end of his time on earth he 
thought of the hindrances and opposition against him when he 
said, "I have fought a good fight... I have kept the faith." II Tim. 4:7. 
After he was converted to Christ, he remained faithful to the end. 
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endured severe hardships and remained faithful unto the end. 
These true soldiers of the Cross of Christ held the highest 
possession in the world. The threat of death did not hinder these 
faithful soldiers of the Cross of Christ from going forward. 

The Apostle Paul's warnings to Timothy show to us he was also 
deeply concerned about the future Church. We have seen in our 
time when hearts filled with envy have become a hindrance to 
faithful service in the Lord's work. Some have suffered because of 
their desire and faithful service to the Lord. We should continue 
faithful. Many times the way of truth and righteousness is evil 
spoken of by those who are overcome by evil. We need to stand 
opposed to Antichristiandom. True soldiers of the Cross will 
endure hardships rather than surrender to the forces of evil. We 
should be determined like the faithful Apostles to never give up. In 
our time on earth we have seen much departing and falling away 
from the path of truth and righteousness. We may feel at times we 
cannot continue, but by the help of the Lord we can continue. 

We experience in life's pathway doing good for people who 
return hardships and evil against us. This is the trying of our faith. 
We can lean on the Everlasting Arms. In this life many suffer 
because of the evil deeds of others. Also many are suffering 
because of their life in sin — it has its reward. Our trials and 
temptations here will make us richer There if we endure to the end. 

Today we have many professing ministers of the Gospel who fail 
to preach against sin but go along with it. If the blind lead the blind 
they will both fall in the ditch. In our day many will not endure 
sound doctrine and have heaped to themselves teachers having 
itching ears. Our duty is to stand against wickedness and oppose it 
to the end. Press onward and forward "...toward the mark for the 
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." May we be among 
the faithful soldiers of the Cross of Christ who at the end will 
receive the Great Crown of life. 

Brother J. F. Marks 
R.D. 3 Box 509 
York, Pennsylvania 

THE CASE OF THE FRUSTRATED HEART 

When you see someone who is bitter and resentful, one who Is 
always ready for a fight, what is your reaction? You may think he or 
she Is just self-centered and hard to get along with, but look a little 
deeper. The faultfinding and complaints being expressed often do 
not indicate the real problem. Their continual anger and bad 
language may be an effort to convey the message 'Tm hurting and 
I need help." It is a heart-need that is being expressed — the need 



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to be loved, to have someone care, and especially to have you care 
enough to show them the way of true peace in Jesus Christ. 

It is strange, but true, that a heart In its "fight for survival" often 
rejects or appears to reject the very help that's needed so much. It 
is somewhat like a drowning person who puts up such a fight that 
you can't help him, even though the thing he wants most is to be 
rescued. You have to wait until he gives up and quits struggling 
before you can do anything. In the meantime, you must watch for 
the right moment to help. You must wait also for the right moment 
to tell about Jesus, that moment when the Spirit shows you that He 
has prepared a receptive heart. 

When someone who doesn't know the Lord is continually 
bombarded by trouble, illness or other misfortunes, he or she will 
fight back. Without divine care, it is no wonder that a person reacts 
violently to threats against his personal happiness. If you respond 
to the bitter, hateful attitudes of a frustrated heart with un- 
kindness, you only add fuel to the fire. "A soft answer turneth away 
wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." Prov. 15:1. When 
someone is fighting back to real or imagined enemies, a few kind 
words from you can help. Sometimes your greatest kindness will 
be to just listen and say nothing. It isn't pleasant to listen while ill 
feelings are poured out, but the fact that you listen says "I care 
about you." It is more important to convey your love and concern 
than it is to say alot. 

Human wisdom isn't sufficient when dealing with a problem like 
this. A heart not at peace with God and extreme frustration with life 
go hand in hand. Seek the Lord's guidance so you know when to 
speak up and when to keep still, lest you add to the frustration. 
God alone knows when a heart is ready to hear the message of 
Christ and after the message is given, He alone can impart faith to 
the heart of the one you've witnessed to. You must wait on the Lord 
and move according to His guidance if you really want to help. 

Sometimes you must look beyond alot of surface turmoil and 
confusion to see the real need and desire of someone's heart. 
Where there is no peace of heart, there can be no peace of mind or 
body. The symptoms you see on the surface may be just that — 
only symptoms. The real need is covered up. You can be sure that 
no one is going to wear a label which says "I need help and I need 
Jesus," even though that is exactly what is needed. You need a 
vision of the person's real need and his potential as a child of God; 
only God can provide you with that insight and understanding! 

A frustrated heart wants peace but has only turmoil. Such 
turmoil is in the heart of one who is not a child of God. "But the 
wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters 
cast up mire and dirt." Isa. 57:20. An unbeliever's heart and 



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churning waters are alot alike — neither has peace. To have peace 
and something real to hold on to, we must have the Lord in our 
hearts. Frustration, turmoil and disappointment add up to defeat, 
but in the Lord there is victory. Even when everything goes wrong, 
we can have peace in the Lord. 

"Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with 
travail and vexation of spirit." Ecc. 4:6. So many people have plenty 
of things — both hands are full — but there is no contentment. 
Nothing goes right, they complain, they seek satisfaction and 
peace in every way but the right way. All they get is more trouble 
and turmoil. It is better to have a little — a handful — and have the 
Lord's peace in our hearts. The value of true peace and content- 
ment is above measure. 

"No God — no peace; know God — know peace." When 
someone knows God he or she will also know peace. This doesn't 
mean that we'll never have any problems, but that we will have 
peace in spite of our problems. 'These things have I spoken unto 
you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have 
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 
16:33. Because Jesus has overcome the world, we can also. He 
wants us to share this good news with those who have troubled 
and frustrated hearts, so share it with love. 

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the 
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. If you have a troubled and 
frustrated heart, you can have something much better if you give 
Jesus your heart. He will give you His peace; He will bring stability 
to your life and make it really worthwhile. "And the peace of God, 
which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus." Ph. 4:7. This promise is to believers in 
Christ and He will keep all of you, if you will give Him your heart. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE 

Jesus taught us we could make the most of life by losing it. If we 
lose our life for His sake we will find it. We must bruise the wheat 
before it can be made into bread to feed the hungry. The same with 
life, whole, unbruised, unbroken men and women are of little use 
to Christ. Until we overcome our selves, we have not begun to live. 

We can not be helpful to others until we cease to live for self. 
Take the history of the tree. It is cut into boards and built into a 
beautiful cottage where human hearts find their happy home, or 
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The losing of its life was the saving of it, by its death it became 
useful. 

Take a church building. The stones that are used to erect the 
foundation were taken from a bed of rock, destroying the bed 
which had been there for years, but the rocks are now dressed and 
chiseled into form. They are destroyed only that they might be 
useful. They become a part of a building where sinners will find 
Christ and sorrowing ones will be comforted. We must die to be 
useful. In a parable of our Lord we find that the seed must fall into 
the earth and die that it might bear fruit. We know when Christ died 
on the cross that He lost His life that we might have life. 

Many missionaries lives are lost on the foreign field. Through 
their deaths, men and women are brought to see a better life. In 
heart and spirit we must do the same. If we ever want to be a 
blessing, we must die to live. We must lose our life to save it; we 
must lay self on the altar in order to glorify God and to do good to 
mankind. 

Mary broke the vase of ointment and poured it upon her Lord. 
She lost it but through this deed she spread to the world her 
mission of helpfulness. If she would have saved it, her deed of 
loving service could never have been spread over the world. Her 
loving service will be remembered forever. 

We cannot save ourselves and at the same time make anything 
worthy of our life or be a blessing to the world. The first require- 
ment is not to be a preacher, a saver of souls, but the first thing in a 
Christian life is to present one's self to God, to lay one's self on the 
altar. We must give our hearts first. We cannot be God's today and 
our own tomorrow; we must be His at all times. He does not expect 
any half-way service; He wants the whole heart. If Christian service 
were all in preaching and praying, it would be very discouraging 
for people who are not gifted with those talents. Our tongues are 
not the only thing we can use to glorify God. Many people in 
silence can be followers of Christ and do a wonderful work in 
saving many precious souls. A star does not talk but shines out for 
the whole world. 

After Jesus had a glimpse of the higher thing in the Temple, He 
went back to the lowly home in Nazareth, and there, for eighteen 
more years, found enough for the development of the richest 
nature this world ever saw. It is hard to toil and never rest, to earn 
scarce enough to clothe and feed those who depend on us for 
care. It is hard to meet temptation and keep pure, unspotted from 
the world, ready for our Heavenly home, any hour our blessed 
Master may call. It is no wonder we sometimes get discouraged 
and lose heart. We are like the weary disciples who after toiling all 
night caught no fish. But we must not forget the vision that awaited 



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them with the coming of dawn — the blessed Savior standing 
on the shore. Oh, what a wonderful blessing that proved to be. 
When we, His children, are tempted, we must remember He is 
ever ready to help us if we put our trust in Him. Christ is ever ready 
to give victory and to guide us to a higher life. When we can 
actually realize Christ's help, life is easier. There is only one thing a 
Christian needs to keep in mind — be faithful always and loyal to 
our blessed Master. If we have the power of putting into words the 
thought and emotions of our souls, that others may understand 
them, it is one of the most marvelous powers the Creator can 
bestow upon us. There are times when we pray, that we cannot 
find words to express our inward feelings, but Christ hears our 
thoughts in Heaven, for He knoweth the thoughts and the 
intentions of our hearts. 

So, dear ones, let us be careful that our thoughts are pure and 
holy. Sometimes the greatest blessings come when we wait; it 
takes time for fruit to ripen. There was a wonderful power in the 
touch of Christ, while here on earth. A true follower can feel this 
touch today. There is another way in which the hand of Christ is 
laid on human lives. His disciples were sent into the world to 
preach Christ. A true Christian life is only the faintest reproduction 
of the rich, blessed life of Christ, yet by this means many have been 
won to Christ. 

All around us are human lives, rich in possibilities of beauty and 
glory. Often all they need is the touch of the hand of God to bring 
out this radiance, the loveliness, the beauty of the divine Image in 
them. In our Christian lives, we have trials to meet and hard 
burdens to bear. Every burden God lays upon us, there is a 
blessing for us if only we are able to comprehend it. 

Only a thot, but the work it wrought 

Could never by pen or tongue be taught 

For it ran thro' life like a thread of gold, 

And the life bore fruit a hundred fold. 
In Christ nothing that is good or lowly can be really lost. Nothing 
beautiful ever perishes. Abraham died on the way to the promised 
land, but in his heart were the things that were better than a 
country, an earthly home which fadeth away, but a life of 
obedience, faith and a reward. When we leave this old world our 
form will vanish or be lost, but our spirit liveth forever. 

Let us hope on though the way be long 
And the darkness be gathering fast; 

For the turn in the road is a little way farther on 
Where the home lights will greet us at last. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 
Modesto, California 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

SOLOMON DIDMT HAVE IT! 

LUKE 12:22-34 

Solomon was the wisest man in all tlie earth. His fame was in all 
the nations around him, so the kings of the earth came to hear his 
wisdom. Because Solomon didn't ask God for riches or honor but 
for understanding that he might rule the nation of Israel, God not 
only gave him an understanding heart but also riches and honor. 
There was none like King Solomon before nor since. When the 
Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to 
Jerusalem to prove him with hard questions. Solomon answered 
them all. When she had seen Solomon's wisdom and the house that 
he had built and all his riches she said to the king, "It was a true 
report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. 
Howbeit, I believed not the words until I came and mine eyes had 
seen it; and behold, the half was not told me." 

There are many things that we have today that Solomon never 
saw. He didn't have an automobile, nor had he ever seen an air- 
plane, a steamboat, a train, a radio, a television, a telephone, a 
refrigerator, or a vacuum sweeper. Many things that we think 
common-place, Solomon didn't know about. 

One time Jesus was talking to His disciples about how we 
shouldn't worry. He said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye 
shall eat, neither for the body, what you shall put on. Consider the 
lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto 
you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 
If God then clothe the grass, which is today in the field and 
tomorrow is cast in the oven; how much more will He clothe you, 
O, ye of little faith." 

Jesus wants us to completely trust Him for everything. Today, 
we live in a time of mechanical marvels but we should not put our 
trust in them. Even the lilies of the field have more beauty than all 
of Solomon's glory. God's power is unlimited. Jesus can do any- 
thing! If we put our trust in Him, He will supply all our needs and 
bless us in ways that were unknown to Solomon. Today we have 
the Gospel of Jesus revealed to us. If we choose to serve Jesus, He 
has promised us eternal life. "For God so loved the world that He 
gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life." Solomon didn't have 
it! 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP 

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Act of 
Aug. 12, 1970: Section 3685, Title 39, United States Code). 
Showing the ownership, management and circulation of The Bible 
Monitor, published semi-monthly at Wauseon, Ohio 43567, 
October 1, 1979. 

1. The names and addresses of the editor, publishers, and 
owners are: EDITOR, Milton Cook, Apt. 3, 1309 W. Lynne Ave., 
Anaheim, Calif. 92802; PUBLISHER, Glanz Lithographing 
Company, 4-4017-11, Wauseon, Ohio 43567; OWNER, Dunkard 
Brethren Church, Apt. 3, 1309 W. Lynne Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 
92802. 

2. There are no stockholders, bond holders or other security 
holders. 

3. The average number of copies per issue distributed by mail 
and otherwise the previous twelve months was 1,273. 

ONLY ONCE 

"You live only once/' 

Some folks will say. 

So get all you can 

Out of each single day. 

You've one chance to enjoy life; 

Then why not be merry? 

Live just for yourself, 

About others don't worry. 

You live only once 

In this world of sin, 

So try many souls 

For the Master to win. 

You've one chance to impart life, 

Then why not be true? 

Live only for others 

Whatever you do. 

You live only once 
In this world of care! 
But, "mansions eternal 
I go to prepare," 
Are the words of cheer 
That the Savior spake 
To all who are willing 
Their cross to take. 

~ Clara M. Hess 

Selected by Sister Delia Ebling 



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ARE WE RAISING GOD'S BANNER HIGH? 

Many times as church members we can get the feeling that we 
are pretty good because we wear plain clothes and follow more of 
the Lord's commandments and ordinances than many other 
churches. Many of us are so bountifully blessed with farms and 
lands and this world's goods and have so much prosperity on every 
hand. God's Word says "all our righteousness Is as filthy rags." 
How satisfied and justified do we feel? Have we been rocked to 
sleep? 

Many people in our world do not believe in doctors. Some 
believe only in medicine, others in just certain foods. We as 
Christians should do all we can for our bodies and then only what 
we can't do, God will take care of. 

I believe we are being robbed of our spiritual life in this day in 
which we live and especially among our children. Do we see that 
public schools are robbing many of our children of their Spiritual 
life? How many children do you know whose faith has been 
strengthened going to a public school? How many do you know 
whose faith is weaker or gone completely? We know today there is 
almost no prayer or Bible reading in school. More and more, as 
time goes on, we see the increase of wickedness and unbelief in 
our schools. Teachers do all sorts of ungodly acts. Hardly a 
Christian teacher is to be found anywhere. If we were to go to our 
School Board and ask how the schools are today, we would 
receive a reply that the schools and teachers are better than ever. 
Can we trust the yvords of unbelievers? Can we trust them to teach 
our children? These teachers and principals are looking at acts 
and deeds through the eyes of ungodly people. God's Word says, 
"...come out from among them, and be ye separate." And again, 
"...what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" Do 
we wonder why so many children are lost to the world? Do we 
wonder if we or our Churches have failed? Are we doing all that we 
can and letting God do the rest? 

Do we wonder why there are so many Christian Schools 
springing up around our country? Many teachers believe in 
drinking, smoking, adultery, divorce, abortion and even homo- 
sexuality. Do we see these things in our schools? These are all 
signs of the Antichrist in our schools. When teachers themselves 
are unbelievers and believe not God's Holy Word, how can we trust 
our little ones to them? We are to raise our children in the way of 
the Lord and when they are old they will not depart from it. Do we 
feel that because we came through the public schools and 
accepted our Lord, so will our children. Do we know just how 
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know as time goes on things shall wax worse and worse. Are we 

doing all we can for our Church and children and letting God do 

the rest? Are we coming out from among them and being a 

separate people? Are we doing only some and then expect 

miracles? Do we wonder why children turn against parents and 

parents against children? 

Our God is just as strong and powerful as in past ages but I fear 

we may have lost some of the power, we should have, through 

worldliness and cares of this world. Have we forsaken all and live 

only for Him? Are we yielded completely to His will or do we live 

partly for ourselves? Are we raising God's banner high? 

Brother Frank Beck 

R. 1, Bernville, Pennsylvania 

19506 
MARRIAGE 

ST. JOHN - EBY 

Elder and Sister Dean St. John, Camden, Michigan and Brother 
and Sister George Eby, Wauseon, Ohio, announce the marriage of 
their children. Sister Maria Jo St. John and Brother G. William Eby, 
on Saturday, August 4, 1979. 

The new couple is at home at: 5-4848-19, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. 

NEWS ITEMS 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation plans to have their Lovefeast, Saturday, 
October 20, starting at 2 o'clock with the Lovefeast in the evening. 

A hearty invitation is extended to ministers and all who can 
attend. 

Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation will hold a ten day 
Revival from October 26 through November 4. Brother Dale 
Jamison of Quinter, Kansas will be the Evangelist. 

Saturday, November 3, there will be services at 2:00 p.m. with 
a Lovefeast that evening. All are invited to come and share in these 
services with us. 

Sister Susie Gunderman, Cor. 

CARD OF THANKS 

I wish to thank all who sent me birthday cards, gifts and money. I 
received seventy-six cards. I also wish to thank the group who 
came in and sang for us here in the Home. I appreciate it all so 
much. May God Bless You! Thanks also for your prayers. 

Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



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A SERMON IN A SONG 

I was just a poor lost sinner, 

Till Jesus came my way 

He smiled into my eyes and said, 

"Come walk with me today!" 

A sinner! a poor lost sinner! 

Not fit to company 

With Jesus Christ, the sinless One, 

Nor walk with royalty. 

Me! A sinner! A poor lost sinner! 

He wore a diadem! 

1 was not worthy e'en to touch 

His very garment's hem! 

I looked upon His loving smile, 
His gracious hands outspread, 
I saw my sinful worthless self 
And sadly shook my head. 
"I cannot walk with Thee," I said, 
"With sins upon my soul!" 
But tenderly. He told me then 
That He would make me whole. 
Me! A sinner! A poor lost sinner! 
Condemned eternally! 
He died upon the cross Himself 
That He might set me free! 

Right joyously I came to Him 

And took Him for my Lord. 

He took my sin, He washed me white 

With His own precious blood! 

And some day He'll present me 

To the presence of my King 

Without spot or wrinkle 

Or any sinful thing 

Me! A sinner! A poor lost sinner! 

I'm telling you it's true! 

He died upon the cross for me! 

He's done the same for you! 

Selected by Sister Ruth Drake 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Howard J. Surbey, Chairman 

749 W. King St. 

Lfttlestown, Pa. 17340 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

5-1307-S.H. 108 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Dean St. John 

1040 Hillsdale Road, R. 1 

Camden, Michigan 49232 
Warren C. Smith 

McClave, Colorado 81057 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 



Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 6, Box 51 

Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 
Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 
Rudolph Cover 

2034 Roble Ave. 

Modesto, Ca. 95351 

Charles Leatherman 
1-18158-H 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Boyd Wyatt, Chairman 

4925 Tegner Rd. 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 

209-883-4138 
Newton Jamison, Sec. 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

51 5-677-2467 

Virgil Leatherman 

419 N. Queen St. 

Littlestown, Pa, 17340 

717-359-5753 
Robert Carpenter 

R. 5 

Peru, Ind. 46970 

317-395-7879 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, N. Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Box 4 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his records. 



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VOL. LVII 



OCTOBER 15, 1979 



NO. 20 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual In life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be It our constant aim \6 be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



DAILY PRAYER 

if I can do some good today 
If I can serve along life's way, 
If I can something helpful say, 
Lord, show me how. 

If I can right a human wrong, 
If I can help to make one strong, 
If i can cheer with smile or song, 
Lord, show me how. 

If I can aid one in distress, 
if i can make a burden less, 
If I can spread more happiness. 

Lord, show me how. 
If I can do a kindly deed. 
If I can help someone in need. 
If I can sow a fruitful seed, 

Lord, show me how. 

If I can feed a hungry heart, 
if I can give a better start, 
If I can fill a nobler part, 
Lord, show me how. 



— Grenville Kleiser 
Selected by Sister Blanche Eberly 



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AN ENLARGED HEART 

Medically speaking, an enlarged heart is a dangerous condition 
that can lead to a premature death. But Spiritually speaking an 
enlarged heart is a desirable condition. Read II Corinthians 6:11- 
7:1 to find Paul's comments on the development of an enlarged 
heart. A Spiritually enlarged heart may be parallel to the same 
deadly physical condition in that it leads to the death of self. 

Paul first speaks of his enlarged, heart-felt love for the Brethren 
at Cornith. His love was not just endearing words but a full heart 
behind the words. Paul always had a very dear relationship with 
these fellow believers. He not only loved them but also had 
confidence in them. He was confident that they could live a 
Christian life even though they may have doubted their own ability. 
They were holding themselves back by their own straitened or 
narrow view. 

Paul encouraged them to improve their lives by recompensing 
the love they had received. The love of God is best returned by 
showing the same kind of love to others. Paul had spent much 
loving service in their behalf, the repayment he desired was not 
only their love but their love shown to others. He was concerned 
for their Spiritual progress like a parent for his children. He also 
advised them to have an enlarged heart. 

An enlarged heart is a whole heart. It is not divided in its love or 
its service. An enlarged Christian heart must be single In purpose 
and desire to carry out its expanded service. It will not allow an 
unequal yoke between Christ and the world. 

Paul warns against being yoked with unbelievers, which 

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demands a division of .purpose. When the purpose is divided the 
heart can not be enlarged. Paul shows the impossibility of enlarge- 
ment when an absurd attempt is made to join opposites into one 
thriving being. An unequal yoke can no more produce a vibrant, 
abundant Christian life than righteousness and unrighteousness 
can fellowship together. There may be contact between the 
righteous and the unrighteous but there can not be true fellowship. 
One or the other must prevail. There is no hope of having an 
enlarged heart when the unequal yoke exists in marriage, business 
arrangement or desires of the heart. Paul continues the thought of 
the divided, defeated heart by showing the impossibility of 
communion or common union between light and darkness. Light 
and dark are completely opposite of each other; they do not have 
anything in common. Likewise the enlarged heart can not exist 
beside sin and wicked desire. 

Paul continues this lesson by suggesting the lack of concord 
between Christ and the gods of this world. There can be no 
concord although some would try to reconcile them into an all- 
encompassing philosophy, which will never make an enlarged 
heart. Neither can there be agreement between the believer and 
the unbeliever nor between the Temple of God and the godless 
idols of the world. Even a forced compromise between them will 
but make an imperfect union. The enlarged heart can not be made 
by philosophies and compromises with the world and its sytem. 

The temple of God is to be a holy place, a suitable place for the 
indwelling of His Holy Spirit. He not only wants a place to dwell but 
an active place that will walk with Him and serve Him and others. 
To have the enlarged heart that God desires within it is necessary 
that there be a definite line of demarcation between the Christian 
and the world. There must be separation. God promises that where 
separation is, He will receive them and be their Father and they 
shall be His children. This makes complete the enlarged heart, for 
with God's promises within the heart can only be dedicated to His 
love and service. This separation demands a very definite break 
with the world. It entails a coming out — leaving — the past 
associations that were so enjoyable In the world. It demands a 
continual separation from those ever-near, ever-so-lnnocent 
appearing temptations of the world. It means laying aside all the 
unclean things that would hinder the heart's progress and enlarge- 
ment or would have any appearance of evil. 

Paul concludes his prescription for an enlarged heart, by 
reminding the Christian of the wonderful provisions and promises 
that God has made, then calling upon each one to cleanse them- 
selves. His call is to cleanse away "all filthlness of the flesh and 
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as inward. It is sometimes stated that if the heart is right ail else will 
be right. But Paul here calls for an outward righteousness as well 
as an inward one. The holiness of the Christian will not be merely 
an inward, mystical experience it will be an outward manifestation. 
Do you have an enlarged heart? If not, follow Paul's method for 
obtaining one. 

THE SWEETNESS OF FELLOWSHIP IN CHRIST 

II Tim. 4:19-21, "Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of 
Onesiphorus. Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left 
at Miletum sick. Do thy diligence to some before winter. Eubulus 
greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the 
brethren," 

II Tim. 4 contains the last written words of the Apostle Paul 
known to us. Having attempted to follow his thoughts in his former 
writings, we must now bid adieu to this beloved soldier of the 
Cross, this teacher of teachers, this called Apostle of Christ to the 
Gentiles. In studying his epistles we have learned to love and 
respect him as a very dear Brother in Christ. We sense in these last 
words a heart-cry for beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. 
"Lord! How delightful 'tis to see 
A whole assembly worship thee. 
As one they sing: as one they pray 
They hear of Heaven, and learn the way." 

In the heavy pressure of Satan on the Church in those days, the 
presence of each one assembled represented another certain 
victory over the enemy and purposeful prayer and endeavor. Their 
upturned faces, glowing with the love of Christ were etched upon 
the memory of the speaker. The love tones of voice lingered in his 
ears. Their gifts caused his heart to overflow. His personal love for 
each one cries out in M Cor. 11:29. "Who is weak, and I am not 
weak? who is offended, and I burn not?" 

In this last chapter he leaves us the names of seventeen people 
who lay heavy on his heart at this time. Two of them had given him 
great anguish of soul. Their names stand as a warning against false 
teachers and designing men and women. Many seemingly strong 
saints of God have become ensnared by those who almost appear 
as "angels of light." Alas! Alas! How are the mighty fallen. The 
tragedy of beguiled souls, back in the ranks of Satan lay heavy on 
the heart of this under-shepherd of Christ. A great urgency of need 
for more Christian love among the saints is seen: more expressions 
of love and appreciation. The strong and weak alike need these 
hearty salutations of endearment. Loving greetings by name, 
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Paul here is an old man. Aged Christians are often tempted to 
satisfy themselves in fond memories of happy times and victories 
won in time past. But Paul could not allow himself to so pacify and 
soothe the longing heart with only memories. 

Although his conscience was clear as to his endeavors for 
Christ, and although he declared he had finished his course, he 
could not and did not say that God was finished with him; nor did 
he resign his ministry or his Apostleship. He evidently desired to 
be used of God until the day of his departing. He desired his 
''books" and "especially the parchments." With these he would 
refresh his soul, ready to enjoy further fellowship with Timothy and 
Mark. With or without him the Gospel must go on and on to the 
glory of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. The beginning of his first 
confidence in Christ is still unshaken to the end. —"And the Lord 
shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His 
Heavenly Kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." 
As he departs from us we will think of him as "preserved" in a 
departing to be with Christ. He is "far better" off now than he was 
in this life. 

But the sweetness of Christian fellowship remained. Christ still 
continued to meet with those who meet in His blessed name. Paul's 
last "Grace be with you. Amen" still lingered as sweet perfume in 
the Garden of the Lord. 

"The Lord Into His Garden comes. 
The spices yield their rich perfumes; 

The lilies grow and thrive. 
Refreshing showers of grace Divine 
From Jesus flow to every vine 
And drooping souls revive." 

— selected 

The Christian Assembly is a rare and blissful garden of grace. 
Aromatic shrubs and rare flowers sparkling with dew in early 
morning light are not as sweet as the love and graces of our Lord's 
Beloved. Little innocent ones in the Assembly are buds of promise 
to learn and to help sing the praises of the Lord and listen to His 
Word. Song of Solomon 4:16. "Awake, O north wind; and come, 
thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow 
out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant 
fruits." The saints do well to welcome their entering Lord with 
joyful songs. 

"This is my Beloved; His form is Divine. 

His vestments shed odors around; 
The locks on his head are as grapes on the vine 
When autumn with plenty is crowned." 

— selected 



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Although we know little of the precious ones named here, yet we 
may well visualize the glowing faces, some indeed with flowing 
tears of joy, welcoming their Lord's presence among them with the 
"sweet songs of Zion." Here were also gracious prayers; the 
treasured word read to waiting hearts: the quiet waiting on the 
Lord; the stirring testimonies and exhortations; the Holy Spirit 
inspired sermon, happy voices of children singing with the rest; 
joyful giving and sharing of means; and all too soon — the loving- 
clinging, loving words of parting. 

In many a lowly assembly of Christian believers, the Risen 
Saviour entered and lingered. The words of the "King of saints" 
still bring blessing to fainting hearts. Song of Solomon 5:1, "I am 
come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my 
myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I 
have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends: drink, yea drink 
abundantly, O beloved." 

Christians went from these times of blissful fellowship to serve 
the Lord with their Holy Spirit bestowed talents. Many walked in 
lowly paths conscious of a radiant inner Presence. Some were 
slaves whose Christ-like actions and words mystified and 
challenged their masters and mistresses to live better lives and to 
finally seek the Lord. Those with means became channels of God's 
grace to the needy. Individual saints became aware of their own 
calling and God-given opportunities to serve Him, In witnessing for 
Christ. 

Our "carry away blessing" in the last verse. Includes a sense of 
worth and Christian dignity. We are comforted, built up in the faith, 
and challenged to our best efforts. We feel our Lord's living close- 
ness in verse 22. "The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace 
be with you. Amen." 

Your Brother In Christ, 
James D. Cover 

ENERGY SHORTAGE 

In a classroom survey, a teacher asked the students to complete 

this sentence: "My mother says I'm " Several finished 

It with words such as "ugly," "lazy" and "worthless." Only one 
wrote "beautiful." Nearly every one of these students had been told 
he or she didn't measure up and they believed it. People, especially 
the young, tend to believe and conform to whatever standard is 
held before them. Most of these mothers had "fueled" their 
children with negative criticism — hardly a motivating power. 

Whenever people call you "no-good," they've created an energy 
shortage In your life. If you consider yourself worthless and a 



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failure and you are continually told so, you probably won't try to be 
any better. Most of us go alot farther on the "fuel" of encourage- 
ment than we do on the "fuel" of criticism and sarcastic remarks. 
Encouragement provides motivating power and creates a desire to 
keep trying. It stirs within us a desire to do more and to do better, 
both in the Lord's service and in our daily routines. 

What are you fueling others with? Condemnation, criticism, 
unkindness, or love, compassion and encouragement? God often 
spoke words of comfort to His people because He knew they 
needed it. He did not heap discouragement on top of the problems 
they already had. He promised them help: "For t the Lord thy God 
will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help 
thee." Isa. 41:13. He also promised to be with them and protect 
them. "When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou 
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the 
flame kindle upon thee." Isa. 43:2. We can't help and protect as 
God does, but we can offer sincere words of comfort. 

It is needful to recognize mistakes for what they are, but it is also 
needful to encourage the one who sinned to go on to better things. 
Merely pointing out the wrong is not enough. Assure that one that 
while he can't succeed alone, it is possible to live for the Lord with 
His help. In Num. 21:4, it says "the soul of the people was much 
discouraged because of the way." Their discouragement caused 
them to murmur and get into more trouble. When their hearts were 
encouraged, they got along much better, even though things were 
still difficult. Even when we sin, we need encouragement, just as 
they did. 

"Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall 
be even as it was told me." "Then were they all of good cheer, and 
they also took some meat." Acts 27:25, 36. The ship's crew 
responded to Paul's encouragement. They hadn't eaten for two 
weeks, but when Paul assured them by God's word to him that 
their lives would be spared, they were encouraged and ate. People 
will respond to your encouragement also. The more desperate 
their circumstances, the more they need you to help them. Words 
of comfort can really give a lift and new energy to a burdened 
heart. 

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." 
Gal. 6:2. We need to help each other and to pray for each other. 
Jesus was concerned about the disciples and offered reassurance 
when they needed it. When they saw Him walking on the water and 
were afraid, He said, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid." Matt. 
14:27. Can you imagine what a relief that was to them? Many other 



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times, He comforted them according to their needs and He wants 
us to do this for each other. 

"And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which 
was borne of four." Mark 2:3. This took cooperation — four were 
needed to help one. It took concern and a willingness to do a little 
extra. These four gave that extra; would you? "Two are better than 
one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they 
fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when 
he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up." Ecc. 4:9-10. 
Someone needs you to renew their energy supply with some 
encouragement. Will you be the one to be there when someone 
needs you? 

"I hear you're still running around with the same old friends. It 
doesn't look to me as if you're even trying to get back on the right 
track." "Is it true what I've heard about Bro. So-and-so? Now we 
can't have that!" Without seeking the true facts first, both persons 
have already been judged and condemned in the minds of those 
who make such comments. It doesn't help anyone when you do 
this. It just adds to this person's already-acute energy shortage. 
Such comments only bring discouragement; your job as a child of 
God is to bring encouragement. 

'The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I 
should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary." 
Isa. 50:4a. Sarcastic remarks and criticism which bring 
discouragement are not a mark of intelligence. With the Lord's 
help, you can be wise and know how to bring encouragement. You 
can ease the burdens of others and add to their energy level by 
having a kind of attitude toward them. God values us above all else 
on this earth. He wants us to value each other and consider each 
other worth helping. Try creating an energy surplus, not a 
shortage — encourage someone today! 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



THE CHILDREN S PAGE 

A SOWER WENT FORTH TO SOW 

MATT. 13:16-23; MARK 4:14-20; LUKE 8:11-15 

Did you ever see a man sowing seed in a field by hand? Farmers 
plant their fields with tractors and drills now, but when Jesus was 
here people didn't have farm machinery. When they planted their 
fields, they carried a bag of grain and scattered it over the ground 
by throwing the grain by hand as they walked along. 



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Jesus was sitting by the sea of Galilee and many people came to 
hear Him. The crowd was so big that Jesus went into a boat that 
was in the water and taught the people who stood on the shore. 
Many times Jesus taught by illustrations. People in that day knew 
how the fields were planted and Jesus said, "Behold, a sower went 
forth to sow. Some seeds fell by the wayside and the fowls came 
and ate them: Some fell upon stony places, where there was not 
much earth and right away they grew up because they were not 
planted very deep: But when the sun came up they were scorched 
because the sun dried out the ground and as they had no root, they 
whithered away. And some fell among thorns and they grew up 
and choked them: But other seed fell into good ground and 
produced fruit, some a hundred fold, some sixty and some thirty." 

The disciples asked Jesus what He meant by teaching them 
about the sower sowing seed in a field. Jesus said, 'The seed is the 
Word of God. Those that fell by the road or wayside are those that 
hear; then the devil comes like the fowls and takes away the word 
out of their hearts so they won't believe and be saved. Those that 
are on stony ground immediately hear the word with gladness but 
because they have no root only endure for a short time; afterward 
when affliction and troubles come for the word's sake they are 
offended. Those which fell among thorns are those which have 
heard the word and start out good but they are choked by the cares 
and riches and pleasures of this life and never grow enough to 
bring forth fruit." "But those that are sown on good ground are the 
ones that hear the word and receive it and bring forth fruit with 
patience." 

Jesus taught the truth. There will be many people who will not 
appreciate God's Word as they should and will be like the seed the 
birds ate, or the ones on stony ground or the ones that were 
choked with thorns. There will also be those who are like the seed 
that fell on good ground and will hear God's Word and live by it. 
They will not be deceived by the devil. They will produce fruit for 
Jesus by doing good for others. What kind of ground do you want 
to be? ! hope it is the good ground that produced fruit. 

Jesus is the sower that sowed the seed and the seed is the Word 
of God. It is up to us to have a place in our hearts for God's Word 
so it will grow and cause us to live good lives and produce fruit for 
Jesus. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

• • • • • # • 

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have 
neighbors. 



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IN SUCH AN HOUR AS YE THINK NOT 

The house cleaning crew had been housecleaning in the home 
where I live. They had finished the other end of the hall I was on. 
Then they did the middle portion. We thought our end would be 
cleaned the next day. So we had things put in the closets and 
drawers out of the way. Before retiring for the night, I packed the 
little carry-all bag on my wheelchair with the things I thought I 
might want to use the next day. I put in a new hank of crochet yarn, 
a tablet and a pen, just in case I wanted to write some letters. Then 
I put my Bible on top, so it would be handy for morning so I could 
read a portion of Scripture. 

The next morning we came back from breakfast and found they 
were not cleaning that day. Word went around from patient to 
patient that they were not going to clean our rooms until the next 
week. We relaxed and took some of our supplies out of storage 
again. That night, we went to bed without preparing for the 
cleaners. 

The next morning, we went to breakfast and came back as usual. 
But when we got out of the elevator, we found our beds and 
furniture in the hall. The cleaners had come when we had not 
expected them. The Word says "Therefore be ye also ready: for in 
such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh." Matt. 24:44. 
Will you be ready for that time when He comes? Or will you be like 
us, thinking the cleaners had not come and you wouldn't need to 
get ready for them until next week? Next week may never come! 

There were different reactions by the patients. One cried and 
said, "Why, my money and clothes are back there. I will have to go 
back." Where is my treasure? Is it back here or is it sent on before? 
Today is the day of salvation; we need to be ready! 

Sister Ruthanna Sauerwein 



GOING ALL THE WAY WITH CHRIST 

When I fall to the level of the world I am not a Christian. A story 
is told of a man who made a purchase. He knew the price of the 
article was reasonable, but he was out to get a bargain. He told the 
salesman it was in poor condition, although he knew it was not, so 
he was able to purchase it at a lower price. He went out to his 
friends and told what a bargain he had gotten. The same thing 
happened to another man. This time it was a beautiful, oil painting. 
He realized the man that had it for sale did not know its value, so he 
bought it for alot less than its true value. The two men boasted 
about their great bargains. Read Prov. 20:14. Did these two men 



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show by their purchases that they were Christians. To me there is 
no place in a Christian life to gain at the loss of someone else. If 
you are honest you won't fall to the level of the world. If you are 
true you will want to follow Jesus. 

"Follow Me." These words must have sounded strange coming 
from a carpenter of Nazareth. Men willingly followed Him. It is 
a great challenge to us, if we are His, to follow all the way like they 
did. If we do His will and follow Him, we will have grace to help us 
go all the way and in the end Heaven will be our home. 

The world today seems to be divided into three groups: those 
who love Jesus Christ, those who hate Him, and those who are in- 
different toward Him. In the world we find people who despise the 
Christian way of life. Others are praying for His Kingdom to come. 
Here, we see we are either for Him or against Him. We find those 
who oppose Christ are busy, diligently working to destroy all 
knowledge of Him from the face of the earth, trying to destroy the 
good works of Christ's followers. Many have lost their lives in His 
service becoming martyrs. Again we must strive to work harder 
regardless of the cost, the harvest is great. Let us try the lost ones 
to gain. 

Let us think about our homes. Are they brightened by the love of 
the Lord Jesus? Is His presence felt in our homes? 

There was a teenage boy who was brought up by his Christless 
parents, to steal and do many sinful things to help to support them. 
Soon this boy saw what a life he had to live so he thought he could 
better himself if he ran away. This is what he did. He traveled on 
and on till he was several hundred miles from home. He began to 
feel safe when in the distance he noticed a farm house. He was so 
very tired when he reached this home. He was greeted by a child- 
less couple who loved the Lord and served Him. They invited him 
in. He was very happy. It was quite a change from his home life. 
They had a family altar and attended Church regularly, taking this 
boy along. They never heard from his parents, so in a few years 
they adopted him. By this time he was also a child of God. Before 
he was twenty-one, he was put into the ministry. He spent many 
years winning lost ones for the Master. This family gave him all the 
loving care any one could give. They were so proud of him for he 
had come to them as a stranger but now was out winning souls for 
the One who had given His Life that he might have a home in 
Heaven. This is one home we can use as an example of what it 
means to have Christ in the Home. He brightens our homes and 
there is no darkness. 

The Bible tells us to, "Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Prov. 22:6. In this old 



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world there has been much money and lots of thought given 
concerning the rearing of our dear children. When they are very 
young we must teach them the difference between right and 
wrong. 

A small boy was walking with his father, after they had parked 
the car, but before long the boy grew tired and wanted to go back 
to the car. So the father told his son to be very careful because 
there was an old well close by the old cabin. When his father 
returned, his son said, "I kept away from the well by following in 
your tracks." What kind of tracks are we as parents leaving for our 
dear children to follow? If Christ is in the heart of each one in the 
home, there will be joy and happiness. 

"God is love in the storms of life as well as in the sunshine." 
"God is love, no matter which way the wind blows." Let each of us 
ask ourself, "What kind of Home do I have? Is it a better home 
because I am a member of that home." So many times we braid into 
our lives many things we wish were not there. It is very important 
that our homes and families be deeply rooted in the Spirit and 
teachings of Christ Jesus. It is vital to parents and children alike. 
This way we can stand strong and deep-rooted before the 
strongest gales that life may bring. Let each of us see that our 
homes are temples of the Living God. For God ever watches over 
and cares for all His dear children here below. 

God's care and blessings still rest upon Godly Mothers, the ones 
who seek diligently to bring up their children in love and devotion 
to Him and His will. Many times I stop and think about how God 
provides for our care, both in the natural and spiritual. Are we too 
busy to hear the Master's words? We are to wait on the Lord. 
Through a time of sickness, God often brings us a spiritual 
blessing. We must always trust Him. Never give up. We have never 
found a true friend like Him before. Let us go all the way. 

If it wasn't for the promise of God, I am sure we would find this a 
very trying world to live in. We so often lack faith and seem to have 
nothing to depend on. Then our minds go back to the cross where 
Jesus cared so much for us. He was willing to give His life on that 
cruel cross to redeem us at any cost. When I think of those pierced 
hands I am made to feel like Thomas, "My Lord and my God." 

I know I have been redeemed not with corruptible things such as 
silver and gold, but with the precious blood of my Redeemer. If 
only we have faith in Christ and keep on laboring in Christ's 
vineyard for lost souls for Him, our Spiritual life will be a success 
and we can enter into the Promised Land, where we can have 
eternal life with the Father and Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, and 
those of our loved ones who have gone on before. As we live here 



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from day to day, we must show those around us a better way of life. 
Tell them how much Jesus means to you. Many times I am sure 
each of us have hoped for things that we cannot obtain, we think 
we should have them but Jesus sees it a different way. It is not 
always the things we acquire that brings us true satisfaction and 
joy in this life and the liife hereafter. 

It is only when we love with that Christlike love and compassion, 
that the glow and warmth of God's blessings descend upon us. 
What a wonderful thing it would be If only half of the population of 
this world at this very moment were guided by the love of Christ. 
Could one imagine what the results would be? How much better 
the world would be. Remember Jesus is the same yesterday, and 
today, and forever. Keeping the Holy Spirit as our guide, let us 
press on. Christ, many times, must have grown tired and weary but 
He kept on doing the work He was to do. All of His teachings, 
miracles and all things He said and did were by the power to the 
Holy Spirit. 

His disciples took the Holy Spirit as their guide. They needed 
this power to go out and work as the Lord would have them do. the 
story Is told of when a small girl returned from Sunday School, her 
grandmother asked her how many were in her class. She paused 
for a minute and then answered, "Counting God there were fifteen 
of us." Then the grandmother said, "Of course God was there." His 
Holy Spirit Is always present. He has promised to be with us 
always. He Is sent to guide, to teach, to comfort, to reveal His 
truths to us. But He only comes to those who have been bought 
with the precious blood of Jesus, the ones who keep all of His 
commandments and live according to His will. Let us use this Spirit 
to save the lost, by bringing them to Christ. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 



LEAN HARD 

Leaning on the arm of Jesus, 

Walking by His side, 
You may trust His every promise, 

He will be your guide. 
He has light to gild the pathway. 

Strength to hold you true, 
And forgiveness for transgression, 

Grace to bear you through. 

He has peace to rest your spirit 
When fierce trials roll, 



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With His comfort He can soften 

Sorrows of the soul. 
He leads hope beyond the shadows, 

Makes the spirit free; 
Darkness cannot hide the mercy 

He would offer thee. 

He has planned to lift the burden, 

Pressing hard today; 
Planned, when earthly toils are over, 

To wipe all tears away. 
Reach out, then, and touch His garment 

While He passes by; 
Till He comes the promise lingers — 

"I will guide thee with Mine eye." 

Fear not, then, to trust the Saviour, 

Trust Him day by day, 
Trust Him till earth's dimming shadows 

All have passed away. 

Selected by Sister Martha Shaffer 



NEWS ITEMS 

PRAISE 

Concerning the need for a replacement van for the Torreon 
Mission, the need has been met. In response to a previous state- 
ment in the Bible Monitor the Lord supplied the need in a very 
wonderful way. Early Sunday morning it was setting in our parking 
lot equipped according to our needs. 

Needless to say, this really opened our eyes as to how God can 
take care of a need. It also taught us alot about Christian steward- 
ship. It was graciously given with the intention that it might be a 
blessing to the Lord's work. It was also loaded with numerous 
supplies for the Mission. 

Funds which some of you have sent in for this purpose will be 
put in a special fund to be used for the next replacement, unless we 
hear otherwise. 

We are truly thankful to our Heavenly Father who has opened 
His storehouse and to those whom He has used to take care of the 
need. 



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ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

We, the Englewood Congregation, plan to have our Fall 
Lovefeast October 27, 1979. Services will begin at 10 A.M., 
Saturday. Lovefeast will be in the evening. 

We welcome all who can come and share our fellowship together 
with us. 

Sister Shirley Frick, Cor. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 
We here at Newberg now have a fixed Lovefeast date for the first 
Saturday in November. This year it will fall on November 3. 

Sister Elsie Harlacher, Cor. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

Come and dine, at the feast of Spiritual food, from God's Word, 
with the McClave Congregation, October 22 through October 28, 
1979. 

Elder Hayes Reed of Modesto, California, the Lord willing, will 
be with us at this time. Our Lovefeast will be Saturday evening, 
October 27. 

Sister Aurelia Wertz, Cor. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR NOVEMBER 

Nov. 4 — "Hear, and Your Soul Shall Live." Isaiah 55:1-13 (Isaiah 

56:1-12) 
Nov. 11 — "Delight Thyself in the Lord." Isaiah 58:1-14 (Isaiah 

57:1-21) 
Nov. 18 — THANKSGIVING - II Chron. 5:1-14. 
Nov. 25 — 'The People Shall Be Righteous." Isaiah 60:1-22. (Isaiah 

59:1-21) 
QUESTIONS: 

(1) What kind of water is the prophet talking about in Isaiah 
55:1? (John 4:14) 

(2) How can we receive the blessing of the Lord? (Isaiah 
58:10-11) 

(3) Why did the glory of the Lord fill the house of God that 
Solomon had built? (II Chron. 5:13) 

(4) What will happen to a nation or a kingdom that will not 
serve God? (Isaiah 60:12) 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR NOVEMBER, 1979 



Memory Verse: Psa. 106:43 
Many times did he deliver them; 
but they provoked him with their 
counsel, and were brought low 
for their iniquity. 

Thur. 1 - Psa. 97:1-12 

FrI. 2 - Psa. 106:1-23 

Sat. 3 - Psa. 106:24-48 



Memory Verse: Psa. 116:8 
For thou hast delivered my soul 
from death, mine eyes from tears, 
and my feet from falling. 

Sun. 4 - Psa. 107:1-20 

Mon. 5 - Psa. 107:21-43 

Tues. 6 - Psa. 108:1-13 

Wed. 7 - Psa. 109:1-31 

Thur. 8 - Psa. 116:1-19 

Fri. 9 - Psa. 119:129-144 

Sat. 10 - Psa. 119:145-160 



Memory Verse: Psa. 120:2 
Deliver my soul, O Lord, from 
tying lips, and from a deceitful 
tongue. 

Sun. 11 - Psa. 119:161-176 

Mon. 12 - Psa. 120:1-7 

Tues. 13 - Psa. 140:1-13 



Wed. 14 - Psa. 142:1-7 
Thur. 15 - Psa. 143:1-12 
Fri. 16 - Psa. 144:1-15 
Sat. 17 - Prov. 2:1-22 



Memory Verse: Prov. 11:4 
Riches profit not in the day of 
wrath: but righteousness de- 
livereth from death. 

Sun. 18 - Prov. 4:1-27 

Mon. 19 - Prov. 6:1-19 

Tues. 20 - Prov. 6:20-35 

Wed. 21 - Prov. 10:1-32 

Thur. 22 - Psa. 67:1-7 

Fri. 23 - Prov. 11:1-31 

Sat. 24 - Prov. 12:1-28 



Memory Verse: Prov. 11:6 
The righteousness of the upright 
shall deliver them: but trans- 
gressors shall be taken in their 
own naughtiness. 

Sun. 25 - Prov. 14:1-19 

Mon. 26 - Prov. 14:20-35 

Tues. 27 - Prov. 19:1-29 

Wed. 28 - Prov. 23:1-16 

Thur. 29 - Prov. 23:17-35 

Fri. 30 - Prov. 24:1-18 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LVII 



NOVEMBER 1, 1979 



NO. 21 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



A PSALM OF LIFE 

Tell me not, in mournful numbers, 
"Life is but an empty dream!" 
For the soul is dead that slumbers, 
And things are not what they seem. 

Life is real! Life is earnest! 
And the grave is not its goal; 
''Dust thou art, to dust returnest," 
Was not spoken to the soul. 

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, 
Is our destined end or way; 
But to act, that each tomorrow 
Finds us farther than to-day. 

Art is long, and Time is fleeting, 
And our hearts, though stout and brave, 
Still, like muffled drums, are beating 
Funeral marches to the grave. 

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
Selected by Sister Margaret Myers 



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HOW WELL DO YOU RATE? 

There are many devices used to measure. A ruler measures 
distance. The scales measure weight. A sphygmometer measures 
blood pressure. A thermometer measures temperature. These are 
just a few of the many devices used to measure various functions. 
When a reading is made, it serves as a comparison. Either the 
temperature is high or low. The blood pressure may reveal the 
state of the body's health. 

If one of these devices show a function that varies too greatly 
from the norm, it may cause alarm, for a sickness is present or a 
breakdown may be at hand. If a measure is found to be abnormal, 
steps should be taken to improve the condition. Whether it is our 
bodies, our automobiles or other machinery, it is well that we pay 
attention to these various measurements so we can know their 
condition and be able to begin improvements if needed. If these 
measurements are ignored too long or they are too abnormal, it 
may be impossible to correct the condition. 

Not only are measurements needed in our temporal bodies and 
mechanical devices, but we need to be aware of the condition of 
our Spiritual lives. We need to measure our Spiritual growth or the 
lack of such growth. If there is no growth, then a Spiritual sickness 
has set in. If the measurements are negative then action needs to 
be taken to prevent further decline and to bring about improve- 
ment. 

To successfully measure these Spiritual measurements a 
standard needs to be found that will accurately reflect what the 
true condition is. The device for such a measurement is the Bible. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR NOVEMBER 1, 1979 

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It is perfectly true in every facet and word; it is God's standard. The 
words found upon its pages are words of Spiritual life for they tell 
what is necessary and what must be removed. Because the Bible is 
inspired by God through the Holy Spirit, its words are powerful. 
They have greater force than men's pronouncements. Not only are 
its words profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and 
instruction in righteousness but they can reveal the thoughts and 
intents of the heart and mind. Since God created man, He can 
discern through His Word his thoughts and intentions. Man's way 
is open and naked before God's all-knowing and all-seeing eye. 

One of the duties of the Christian is to examine himself. If he 
does not examine himself he will not know what his true condition 
is. If he does examine himself but falls to make the needed 
improvements, he has done so in vain. This examination needs to 
be done often. It can not be relegated to the minutes preceding the 
Lovefeast service. These minutes are Important and should not be 
Ignored because of the sacredness of communion with the 
Brethren and with God. But there needs to be continual exami- 
nation to be sure that all is well within throughout the year. There 
are dire consequences pronounced upon those who fail to avail 
themselves of the opportunity to truthfully look into their outward 
appearance and actions and their inward thoughts and Intentions. 
These consequences may be physical and surely will be Spiritual. 

God's standard for the conduct of our lives must be adhered to 
or a price must be paid. To avoid paying the price we must 
constantly be sure we are striving to live up to the delivered 
standard. Self-examination is a continual need in each of our lives. 

One of the areas of our lives that needs constant evaluation is 
our relationship with others. It is necessary to be with others for it 
is impossible and unwise to live as a hermit. While with others we 
are subject to many strains in our relationship. Because people are 
different they do not agree on all things nor do they do all things 
the same. So a special grace is needed to make relationships as 
kind and loving as possible. The Bible's standard is to "live 
peaceably with all men." The Bible also sets the standard of loving 
even one's enemies as well as friends. The way of the world is to 
seek revenge but the Christian can not travel that route and the 
strait and narrow way at the same time. God alone has the power of 
revenge. Our instructions are: "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, 
feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap 
coals of fire on his head." Rom. 12:20. If we allow ourselves to act 
the same as those of the world, they have overcome us. For then 
we are living on their low level instead of us inspiring them to live 
on a higher level. So when measureing our lives we must be careful 
what level we are living on. 



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When you measure yourself by the Word of God, how do you 
rate? Are you living a Spiritual life? Are you living on a higher level 
than the world around you? 

BESIDE THE STILL WATERS 

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie 
down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." 
Psa. 23:1-2. When the Lord becomes your shepherd, He also 
becomes your peace-giver. He will lead you beside the stilt 
waters — where it is peaceful and quiet — if you will follow Him. 
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not 
as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. The peace of Christ is His gift 
to us, effective in all circumstances. 

Is your life unsettled and stormy? It need not be so. Jesus has 
promised peace, so claim it. Whatever the reason your life is in an 
uproar, ask the Lord to give you His peace. Ask Him to help you 
rest in His care. When your sins are forgiven, you have peace in 
your heart about your soul, but you also need peace of mind. You 
cannot cope with the problems of life if your mind is continually in 
an uproar. Jesus wants you to have His peace so you can be at 
your best in His service, and so you can also have a calming 
influence in the lives of others. 

You already know the Lord is able to keep you in any 
circumstance, anywhere. To trust Him for this and to rest in His 
care is another matter. Paul said, "But my God shall supply all your 
need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19. 
His God Is our God. Whether it is peace or something else we 
need, He will supply it all according to His riches. There Is no time 
at which our need can exceed what God is able to supply. There is 
no reason why we can't have complete peace — except when we 
have our eyes on the problem and do not ask for His peace. 

"And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one 
cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why 
take ye thought for the rest?" Luke 12:25-26. There are so many 
things we can't do and so many situations over which we have no 
control. It doesn't make sense to worry about those things, instead 
we should seek the Lord's help. "Be careful for nothing; but in 
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your 
requests be made known unto God." Phil. 4:6. We need not be 
anxious if we take our needs to Him. 

Webster's Dictionary says peace is, "in a general sense, a state of 
quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation." 
Everyone can have a certain amount of peace, but true peace, the 
kind which God alone can give, comes to us only when we are 
obedient to Him. "O that thou hadst hearkened to my command- 



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ments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness 
as the waves of the sea." Isa. 48:18. God said there is no peace for 
the wicked (Isa. 48:22). 

It is also needful that we trust the Lord. "Thou wilt keep him in 
perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth 
in thee." isa. 26:3. A heart that does not trust the Lord to keep His 
Word and to care for His own as He has promised can't have 
perfect peace. Doubt destroys peace. Doubt keeps us away 
from the still waters. Doubt says, "Lord, I don't believe You are able 
to handle this situation." When the Lord gives you assurance of His 
care and love, don't let doubt creep in, or all you will have is misery 
in its fulness. Trust brings peace. Trust in the Lord, that is. 

"Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you." I Pet. 
5:7. The peace that we have is dependent on God's care of us, not 
on our circumstances. It is His faithfulness in supplying our needs 
which makes peace of mind possible. Job said, "When he giveth 
quietness, who then can make trouble?" No one can take your 
peace of mind away from you — unless you permit it. When God 
gives it, He intends for you to keep it for always, in every circum- 
stance. 

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:7. Peace 
of heart, peace of mind — both are available through Christ. 
Whatever your problem, whatever your need, you can be at peace. 
That is why it passes all understanding. Just as the artist painted a 
picture of peace as a nesting dove under a protected cliff, with a 
storm raging all around, you can be at peace when troubles rage 
all around. God's peace keeps us in spite of our trying 
circumstances. 

Peace and stability go together, just as peace and trust go 
together. Stability comes when we have learned to rest in God's 
care. God will "after that ye have suffered awhile, make you 
perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." I Pet. 5:10b. You will not 
have the stability that you should have until you have walked with 
the Lord and learned more of His ways. Suffering is a part of this 
learning, but God will strengthen and settle you. He will give you 
the stability that you should have — a part of your perfection in 
Christ. 

People are attracted by peace and repelled by turmoil, just as 
sheep will go to quiet waters instead of to a rushing stream. People 
want something stable to hold on to. Does your life have that kind 
of peace and stability? You can't be much help to others if you are 
in a turmoil, too. "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts." 
CoL 3:15a. When peace rules, heartaches cannot. Let Jesus lead 
you "beside the still waters", the waters of His peace. 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE DREAM 

One night as I lay sleeping, I dreamed of my dear wife who had 
passed to her Heavenly Home a few, short years ago. She and I had I 

started on a trip. We were traveling now on the way home. We had ' 

been traveling for many days. The road on which we had come 
stretched far back into the distance. We only had a horse and 
buggy, so we did not travel very fast. As we were traveling, when 
we had come to a certain point, she stepped out and left me alone, 
disappearing at once. 

Now she was gone from my view. I could not see her anymore. I 
was left alone. This thing I could not understand. I wondered what 
this meant and why she had left me. I traveled very slowly, looking 
and watching everywhere for her. I was hoping and praying we 
would meet again on the way. I thought she would be somewhere 
along the way so I probably would overtake her soon. This road we 
were on seemed to be a straight and narrow way. I thought 
perhaps she was with others who were traveling. If so, I thought I 
would meet them and her and we could be together again, before 
we reached home. Somehow I had a deep feeling about her and I 
was greatly concerned about what had happened. I wondered why 
this separation? Why could we not have gone on together? Now I 
was so worried and I had to think, "What if I never meet her again?" 

Now I arrived at a crossroad. My heart surely did ache. I was 
wondering which road I should take and which one had she taken. 
While I was trying to make up my mind, my faithful horse made the 
decision, he took the straight and narrow way straight ahead. So I 
let him lead me on. Soon we came to another crossroad. Here was 
located a fine and well constructed building which added to my 
interest and satisfaction on the way. Now my faithful horse wanted 
to turn, the road he wanted to travel was like the other one he had 
taken so I let him go ahead. It seemed to be strait and narrow but 
well constructed. I began to believe my faithful horse knew the way 
home. I felt sure she had taken this way. 

I had just started on this way when I could see another building, 
just a short way ahead. It was very large and more substantial than 
the one we had just passed and a City was just ahead. I was much 
impressed by its substantial and permanent appearance. As my 
horse and I came to the City, I was wondering how anyone could 
be found in this large City. Did she go this way? Why could we not 
have traveled together? How will 1 again find her? I felt so very 
alone. I wondered where she might be. I asked the Lord to help me 
find her. Will we ever meet ag^in? This was such a mystery, 
nothing seemed to fit together. Is it possible I will never meet her? 
This was almost more than I could bear. 

At that very moment she appeared at the side of the buggy. I was 
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prayer to the Dear Lord for returning my wonderful companion 
and for keeping each of us from harm and bringing us safely 
together again. My what a wonderful peace came over me, as we 
were entering the City together. 

Then I awoke. Behold, it was only a D-R-E-A-M. Again I am all 
alone, all A-L-O-N-E. 

Dear ones this was only a dream by a man of God, but I wanted 
to pass it on to you. Such souls do not mourn as those who have no 
hope. There is a City of splendor and glory that hath a foundation 
and whose maker and builder is God. It is eternal in the Heavens, 
the home of all the redeemed ones. Let us look up and not be cast 
down or become discouraged. This will be our Home if we are 
faithful. Let each of us fix our gaze upon it; it will become a source 
of strength ,and courage and will light our way. Again we are 
reminded that this is not our home. We are seeking that home not 
made with hands, eternal in the Heavens, where all the dear 
redeemed ones of all ages will be gathered around that great 
Throne. Many of our dear loved ones have passed from this house 
of clay and their spirits have gone home to be with the Lord, where 
there is fullness of joy. My precious Savior knows the way. Let Him 
guide and comfort us and He will take us safely over Jordan River. 
Then we won't have any more pain, sorrow or tears. All will be 
peace. 

Then as a hireling, our assignment will be finished and all our 
day of work will be done and we will approach the gate that leads 
us home. That will be a wonderful time if we are here, when Christ 
comes in the air. It will be a wonderful meeting, to be caught up in 
the air with Him. Isn't this worth working for? How sad for those 
who have not made any preparations, those who don't care about 
our loving Savior. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole 
world and loses his own soul? Sad, sad, it will be when there is no 
room in Heaven for him. There are many in this world just like this. 
All they think of is money. I hope this dream and this article will 
help some poor soul to find his way to that Promised Land. 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

PART 11 

Christ was with the Father in the Creation of the world. John 1:1; 
Gen. 1:26. He was one with Him in providing for the Elect. Isa. 42:1, 
"Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul 
delighteth; I have put my Spirit upon him: he shall bring forth 
judgment to the Gentiles." This refers to Christ. Therefore, God's 
special servants, those having a saving faith, are made so by the 
faith of Christ, who is God's Elect. Titus 1:1, "Paul, a servant of 



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God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of 
God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after 
godliness." The Apostle was a builder in the Church and of the 
faith of Christ, hence we say the Church is Christ's Elect. 

Our second argument of God's Elect: First, Israel was chosen of 
God, as a people, but they, afterward becoming a worldly kingdom 
or nation, forfeited their right to God's favor. Yet, God because of 
His promise to Abraham and to Israel his seed, will keep His 
promise through their seed Christ. He has renewed His promise to 
a remnant of Israel, whose eyes will be opened, and they will yet 
receive their inheritance in their promised land, for He considered 
them a holy nation. Exod. 19:6. 

God's chose His people of old and gave promises to them in the 
Old Testament. Exod. 19:5-6, "Now therefore, if ye will obey my 
voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar 
treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine." See, 
this promise was only given on the condition of obedience or 
keeping the covenant. We learn elsewhere that they broke the 
Everlasting Covenant. "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of 
priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt 
speak unto the children of Israel." 

We shall learn farther on that they lost their fleshly kingdom and 
also their right as a nation to be spiritual kings and priests for a 
time to the Church. For Christ came unto them. His own, and Hts 
own received Him not. Their kingdom was then taken from them. 
Matt. 21:42-43. It was taken from Israel and given to the Gentiles! 

God calling Israel unto Himself as His chosen Elect gave them 
assurance. Deut. 14:2, "For thou art an holy people unto the Lord 
thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people 
unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." Yes, 
He chose them to be His peculiar people, but they lost that right! 
until they are grafted again into "their own olive tree." 

The Church Is not the peculiar people of God. I Pet. 2:9-10, "But 
ye (Church) are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy 
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of 
him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of 
God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained 
mercy." Hence, the Gentiles are made the Elect of God, through 
Christ, the Seed of Abraham. 

Note where the word "elect" is used concerning Israel in the Old 
Testament. 

Isa. 65:9, "And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of 
Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect (all of Christ's 
chosen) shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there." 

Isa. 65:22, "They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall 



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not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of 
my people (We believe, this is to be in the day when the tree Is 
grown to its maturity), and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of 
their hands." At this point we want to show that Israel was the roots 
of God's Tree. Chosen first to be His Elect, they did not develop the 
Tree fully. They will be grafted back into the Tree, which is 
figurative of their own Olive Tree. Paul uses the olive tree as a 
symbol. Read carefully Rom. 11:23-34. 

There is one other reference in the Old Testament, used in 
connection with Jacob, (or Israel) pertaining to his name. isa. 45:4, 
"For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect (meaning 
God's chosen), I have even called thee by thy name: I have 
surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me." 

We come now to our affirmative argument. God's people in 
Christ, which are the Church, are called the Elect. Also Christ will 
send His angels to call, or to gather them, after the "Great 
Tribulation," "From the uttermost part of the earth, to the uttermost 
part of heaven." Mark 13:27; Matt. 24:31. 

However, we think that will be at Christ's Second Coming and 
the "remnant" of Israel, the 144,000, will then have been sealed in 
their foreheads and be included in the Election, at the time when 
Christ comes to Armageddon to redeem them. John, Peter and 
Paul, all, speak of the Church being the Elect, II John 1:13; I Pet. 
1:2; Rom. 8:33; Col. 3:12. Paul says in Romans, "Who shall lay 
anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth." 

Let us now note, two references in the New Testament, which 
refer to God's first chosen. Elect Israel, Luke 18:6-8; II Tim. 2:10. 
These Scriptures, as much as say, Israel could not have Eternal 
Glory in their blinded state, nor could they be counted among the 
Elect. While Israel as a nation are called God's chosen people, we 
think there will only be a remnant included in the Elect. Christ will 
come to Mount Sion and redeem them, "from the earth," from 
"among men," Rev. 14:1-6. Then their blinded eyes shall be 
opened. 

Yet, God had exalted them and chosen them to be above all 
nations. Deut. 26:19, "And to make thee high above all nations 
which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and 
that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he 
hath spoken." 

Beloved Brethren and Sisters, no wonder the Apostle Paul 
warned the Church, not to honour themselves, not to "boast 
against the branches." Listen to what he says. Rom. 11:16-21, "For 
if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, 
so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, 
and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and 
with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast 



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not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the 
root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were 
broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief 
they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not 
highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, 
take heed lest he also spare not thee." 

To be continued 
Brother William Root 

HEART SERVICE 

"Heart," as used in the Bible means mind, soul and spirit. It 
means the very center of one's emotions. Deut. 6:5, "And thou shalt 
love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and 
with all thy might." 

Psalm 111:1, "Praise ye the Lord, I will praise the Lord with my 
whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congre- 
gation." Begin the week with praise to the Lord. Show forth praise 
in going to Church and singing, making melody in your heart to 
the Lord. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Be happy Christians 
all through the week. 

Philip preached to the Ethiopian eunuch. As they went on their 
way, he said to Philip, "See, here is water; what doth hinder me to 
be baptized? And Philip said. If thou believest with all thine heart, 
thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ 
is the Son of God." Acts 8:36b-37. So right from the beginning it 
must be "with all thine heart." "For with the heart man believeth 
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto 
salvation." Rom. 10:10. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. 

Let us consider Daniel for a lesson. Daniel purposed in his heart 
that he would not defile himself with the King's meat. Dan. 1:8. His 
mind was made up. He said, "I will not!", and God blessed him. 
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego also said, "We will not bow 
down to the image." Their hearts were set on doing the right thing. 
Read Dan. 3. 

We must have our wills under control. While Daniel was firm in 
his determination not to eat the king's meat, he was just as 
determined in his will to pray to God even after the king decreed 
the people were not to petition anyone but the king. "Now when 
Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; 
and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he 
kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and gave thanks before 
his God, as he did aforetime." Dan. 6:10. 

It is important that we, like Daniel, purpose in our hearts. In 
writing about giving, the Apostle Paul says, "Every man according 
as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of 
necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.*' II Cor. 9:7. "For if there 



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be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, 
and not according to that he hath not." II Cor. 8:12. 

If we give God heart service, the Fruits of the Spirit will be 
manifest in our lives. Read Galatians 6:22-23. Jesus told His 
disciples, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall 
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father 
glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." John 
15:7-8. 

The rewards of heart service are in the here and now, as well as 
the hereafter. Jesus says, 'These things have I spoken unto you, 
that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." 
John 15:11. "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which 
is not corruptable, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. 
Which is in the sight of God of great price." I Pet. 3:4. "For the Lord 
seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward 
appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." t Sam. 16:7b. 

Give your best to the Master 

Give Him first place in your heart; 

Give Him first place in your service; 

Concecrate every part. 

Give and to you shall be given, 

God, His beloved Son gave. 

Gratefully seeking to serve Him, 

Give Him the best that you have. 
Sister Edyth Kline 



THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN 

I cannot give it up. 

The little world I know — 
The innocent delights of youth 

The things I cherish so! 
Tis true I love my Lord, 

And I love to do His will; 
But, Oh, I may enjoy the world 

And be a Christian still. 

I love the hour of prayer, 

I love the hymns of praise 
I love the blessed Word which tells 

Of God's redeeming Grace. 
But I am human still! 

And while I dwell on earth, 
God surely will not grudge the hours 

I spend in harmless mirth! 



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These things belong to youth 

And are its natural right — 
My dress, my pastimes and my friends 

The merry and the right. 
My Father's heart is kind! 

He will not count it ill 
That my small corner of the world 

Should please and hold me still! 

And yet "outside the camp" — 

Twas there my Saviour died! 
It was the world that cast Him forth 

And saw Him crucified. 
Can I take part with those 

Who nailed Him to the tree? 
And where His name is never praised 

Is there the place for me? 

Nay, world t turn away 

Tho thou seem fair and good. 
That friendly outstretched hand of thine 

Is stained with Jesus' blood. 
If in thy least device 

I stop to take a part. 
All unaware, thine influence steals 

God's presence from my heart. 

I miss my Saviour's smile, 

Whene'er I walk thy ways; 
Thy laughter drowns the Spirit's voice, 

And chokes the springs of praise. 
Whene'er I turn aside 

To join thee for an hour, 
The face of Christ grows blurred and dim 

And prayer has lost its power! 

Farewell... henceforth my place 

Is with the Lamb who died. 
My sovereign will I love, 

What can I want besides? 
Thyself, blest Lord, art now 

My free and loving choice. 
In whom, though now I see Thee not, 

Believing, I rejoice. 

Shame on me that I sought 

Another joy than this 
Or dreamt a heart at rest with Thee 

Or looked elsewhere for bliss. 
These vain and worthless things 



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I put them all aside. 
His goodness fills my longing soul 
And I am satisfied. 



Lord Jesus, let me dwell 

"Outside the camp" with Thee 
Since Thou art there, then there alone 

Is peace and rest for me. 
Thy dear reproach to bear 

ril count my highest gain, 
Till Thou return, Rejected One 

To take Thy power and reign. 

Selected by Brother Lester M. Flora 

THE WINDOW SILLS OF HEAVEN 

Oh Father - as I looked out at 
The coming of the dawn, 
I pondered in my heart 
Just where are thy window sills 
Upon which I lean my arm. 

I saw the early morning star, 

As it southward and lower went 

The moon so bright in the dark, still night 

Altho it has been touched by man 

I know it was placed there 

For a light, the earth to span. 

I sat quite still and pondered on — 
Soon came the first lights of the dawn. 
Such a wonderous and beauteous sight 
Whence doth go the dark of night. 

Morning now was right at hand 

As I looked upon the earth 

Within my heart was fresh, new birth 

I gave thanks to God for His Creation so grand. 

I ask forgiveness for all my wrong. 

I ask this day to be made strong. 

I want to serve Him - do His will 

It makes no difference how small the task. 

His peace to me was freely given 
And all at once I knew 
I was - leaning on the 
Window sills of Heaven. 

Father hold my hand thru-out the day 



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Guide my feet in wisdom's way. 

Guard my tongue in all I say 

For all thy children I will this day pray. 

Thank you Father up above 

For all your mercy - all your love. 

Amen. 

— Ruth Spotts 
Brethren Home 
750 Chestnut St. 
Greenville, Ohio 45331 

THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

WHERE IS YOUR CANDLE? 

Mark 4:21-25; Luke 8:16-18 

Do you use candles for light at night? We all know what candles 
are, but we don't use them for light unless we have to. Nearly 
everyone has electric lights but sometimes there is a storm and the 
electricity goes off, then we light a candle. A candle doesn't give 
much light compared to an electric light but when the room is dark 
a candle can be very important. With just the light of one candle we 
can see but where there is no light we cannot see. If we are not very 
careful, we will stumble and fall. 

When Jesus was here, candles had not been invented. Even if 
they had been, they would not have been very practical in that hot 
climate. In Jesus' time people used lamps made by placing a wick 
in a bowl of olive oil. The bowl had a spout for the wick on one side 
and a handle to hold it by on the other. When the King James Bible 
was translated from Hebrew and Greek into English, the people in 
England used candles instead of lamps, so they translated the 
original word, "candle." It really doesn't make any difference since 
a lamp or a candle gives light and that is what Jesus is talking 
about. 

Jesus said, "No man, when he has lighted a candle, covereth it 
with a vessel, or puts in under a bed; but puts it on a candlestick, 
that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, 
that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not 
be made known." "Let your light so shine before men, that they 
may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in 
heaven." 

We can't hide anything from God, neither should we be ashamed 
of being a Christian. We ought to tell others how wonderful Jesus 
is and how much He has done for us. By doing this we are letting 
our light shine — we are lighting our candles so others may see the 



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light. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he that followeth me 
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." If we are 
followers of Jesus we are the light of the world and we can be like a 
city on a hill that cannot be hid. 

Where is your candle? Are you trying to hide your life from 
Jesus? or are you a bright and shining light so others can see your 
good works and glorify your Father in Heaven? 

Brother Rudy Cover 



MARRIAGE 

EBERLY - MALLOW 

Sister Leah Eberly, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Amos Eberly, of 
Lititz, Pennsylvania and Brother David Mallow, son of Bro. and Sis. 
Eldon Mallow of Greencastle, Pennsylvania were united in 
marriage July 7, 1979 at the Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church. The 
ceremony was performed by Bro. Eldon Mallow after a sermon by 
Elder Allen Eberly. Elder Frank Shaffer conducted the opening 
devotions. The couple is residing at 901 Opal Street, Ephrata, 
Pennsylvania 17522. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, our Harvest Meeting at West Fulton will be 
November 18. There will be afternoon services also. Bro. Dennis 
St. John and Bro. Robert Carpenter are to be our speakers. 

You are welcome to attend these services. 

Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I would like to thank everyone who remembered me in prayer, 
and by the many cards and visits during my stay in the hospital and 
while convalescing at home. May the Lord bless each of you. 

Brother Howard Myers 

• •••••• 

BE CAREFUL 

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend 
your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is lost 
forever. 

— David B. Norris 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

Box 12, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Warren C Smith, Treasurer 

McClave, Colorado 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 3, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Ind. 46919 
William Carpenter, Treasurer 

8012 Cavender Street 

Morenci, Michigan 49256 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Dr. 

Modesto, Ca. 95350 
Galen Litfin 

1314 East 7th St. 

Newberg, Oregon 97132 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Rd. 

York, Pa. 17403 
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R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

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VOL. LVII 



NOVEMBER 15, 1979 



NO. 22 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural In practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

GOD'S WITH US 

He's with us when we are happy 
He's with us when we are sad. 
God's with us all day long 
So come on — let's all be glad. 

He's with us through the Valley 
And on the mountain too, 
So just draw nigh to Him 
And He'll be near to you. 

Sometimes we feel so lonely 
Sometimes we feel so blue. 
Come on — let's not forget, 
God's with us Me and You. 

I'm glad we have a God 
That knows our every need, 
He's with us day and night 
God is with us — yes indeed. 

Psalms 48:14 

For this God is our God forever and ever; 
He will be our guide even unto death. 

By Ida Beard 

Selected by Sis. Ruthanna Sauerwein 



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THANKSGIVING 

As Thanksgiving approaches, our minds are drawn toward 
thoughts concerning the Pilgrims. One of the things we can be 
thankful for is the heritage of our nation. We can look back to this 
small band who offered thanks to God who had delivered them not 
only safely over the ocean but through a terrible winter and a dry 
summer. God had answered their earnest petitions so they faith- 
fully offered thanks. Although it would be unlikely that any who 
read this are descended from these brave pioneers, still we speak 
of them as our Pilgrim Fathers. As good fathers, they have left us a 
noble example. 

This small band came to this wild, forbidding land for a noble 
reason. Unlike the earlier adventurers who had come to seek gold 
and empires, they came to establish homes and have freedom to 
worship God. They had been unable to worship God freely in their 
native England. They lived for a few years in Holland but saw the 
allurements of that land begin to draw away their children. So they 
determined to risk all and to venture across the Atlantic, where 
they would not be under the direct pressure of the oppressive 
English Church — State government. 

It was a dangerous and costly journey. They did not arrive at 
their predetermined destination in Virginia but landed in the cold 
climate of Cape Cod. They had sickness and starvation to contend 
with that first winter when their numbers were heavily decimated. 
The next summer was not much friendlier, when drought 
hampered the growth of their crops. A time of fasting and prayer 
prevailed, when needed rains were sent from Above. They were not 

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a forgetful people. After the harvest a day of Thanksgiving was 
proclaimed and kept. They had much to be thankful for. 

Although there may be much myth surrounding the story of the 
Pilgrims, it should remind us that God is on the Throne and is able 
to provide for the earthly needs of those who seek to worship Him. 
It should remind us that we must not only petition Him to fulfill our 
needs but we must also thank Him. He is pleased that we come to 
Him but He also desires our thanks and praise. 

The story of the Pilgrims is an honorable part of our nation's 
history. It is much revered at this time of the year but we wonder if 
its true lesson ever is received by most people. There is much lip- 
service paid to the ideals of the Pilgrims by politicians, business- 
men, educators and other leaders but there seems to be little 
reliance upon the God they served. The tenor of American life 
today is more in imitation of the adventurers who came before the 
settlement of the New World by home-seeking people like the 
Pilgrims. Their desire is for quick wealth and ease of living. 

American history is full of reliance upon the worship of God. 
Many came to this land to escape not only the lack of economic 
advantages in the Old World but also to find religious freedom. 
Many groups came from the continent as well as England to find 
that freedom which was unavailable where the state-churches 
ruled. William Penn established his colony not only for the 
oppressed Quakers of England but for other oppressed people. 
Many of our oppressed German forefathers left their fatherland to 
brave the tedious and dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. They 
had been harrassed throughout Germany. But here they could find 
a home. Here they could worship God according to their under- 
standing of His Word. 

Today we can be thankful there is a religious heritage in our 
country. Although it is Ignored and even condemned and slighted, 
it does serve as a reminder that this land was not built upon the 
strength of men's arms, fleshly or military. We can be thankful for 
ancestors who braved the wearisome and dangerous journey that 
they might remain faithful to His Teachings rather than remain 
secure in their former homes. We can be thankful that our govern- 
ment has continued to provide freedom for our worship. Although 
this privilege may be in peril from various seemingly good 
investigations and civil rights laws, it is stilt ours to enjoy. It will 
more quickly be taken from us if we fail to avail ourselves of the 
privilege. We must remember that this is a privilege that is enjoyed 
in few parts of the world today. We must never consider Christianity 
and our form of government to be synonymous. Although the free- 
dom granted by our government has been welcome and helpful, 
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of government. In fact, Christianity has existed under oppression 
most of its nearly two thousand years of existence. 

Above all people we should be thankful. Not only do we have a 
country with a heritage honoring God. Not only do we live in a 
prosperous and free land. We should be most thankful on 
Thanksgiving and every day that God is mindful not only of our 
temporal needs but our Spiritual needs also. We are thankful for 
His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. 

A TRIP 

It was my privilege to make a trip through the New England 
States. As we traveled I was made to think how much our life 
journey is like a trip into a strange country. 

The first day started out sunshiny. The brilliant colors of the 
autumn leaves were reflected on all sides. All at once we ran into 
rain and snow. What a change! Just as sudden can Jesus appear 
again whether we are ready or not. Matt. 24:44. 

After one day of driving in rain and snow we appreciated the 
sunshine the next day much more. Just so trials sent by God only 
make us appreciate His blessings even more. 

As we covered the miles we were made to realize how much 
greater the beauties and wonders of God were than anything man 
could produce. Do we really take time to discover the wonders of 
God all around us? The tinyest seed can produce a beautiful plant 
and even a tree just as God gave the command in Gen. 1:12. Most 
trees shed their leaves in the fall only to reproduce them in the 
spring just as God has planned. Man could not replace even one 
tiny leaf. What a wonderful God that controls this great universe. 

Some years ago I knew a lady who made the remark each 
Sunday morning as she saw trees on the way to Church. "Only 
God can make a tree." How true her remark but man is being 
reckless with what he cannot replace. 

As we viewed replicas of the Mayflower and the first houses the 
Pilgrims lived in, we were made to wonder if we Christians today 
would sacrifice as much and endure as many hardships as they did 
in order to worship God as he has commanded. The United States 
has progressed a long ways from the simple life of the Pilgrims but 
have we progressed as far in serving God? The further I travel 
along life's road the more I am made to realize Satan is working 
harder and harder to pull the plain Churches away from God's 
commands before Christ returns. 

As we traveled we even found the people had not forgotten God 
in naming their towns. One road sign said "The Lord's Plain" 
another town was "The Promised Land." The Pilgrims when they 



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I landed at Plymouth Rock felt much as the children of Israel did 

upon reaching the land of Canaan. It was the Promised Land. 

May the Bible be our DAILY road map then we will not lose our 
way. We can be sure of our road if we follow God's Word and make 
no detours. 
, Sister Ruth Drake 

I Route 3, Box 312 

* Manheim, Pa. 17545 

I T-H-A-N-K-S-G-l-V-l-N-G 

I "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ 

i Jesus concerning you." I Thess. 5:18. 

I ''Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in 

] the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20. 

[ These verses do not leave any room for an unthankful spirit, do 

; they? Yet to thank God for all things, in every thing, sounds like an 

impossible task. What is there to be THAT thankful for, that we can 

I always be thankful, even when troubles and heartaches are over- 

; whelming? The gift of salvation through Christ is the basis for all 

true thanksgiving, so using the letters of the word "thanksgiving" 

' as a guide, let's think about the One who has given us this gift. 

T is for teacher. In John 3:2, Nicodemus said, "Rabbi, we know 

that thou art a teacher come from God." Many people recognize 

Christ now as a teacher and a good man, but it is important to 

know that He is far more than that. Christ came from God, He is 

God, and He taught the ways of God to those who would hear. If 

you take away His divinity, His life would be meaningless, His 

death only a defeat, but Christ is divine and He sacrificed His life 

for us. This is the first thing we should be thankful for. 

H is for our High Priest and our hope. "For we have not an high 
priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities." 
Heb. 4:15a. Christ did not stop with atoning for our sins. He under- 
stands our problems and needs. He has compassion for us when 
He has every right to condemn us, instead. Christ, as our High 
Priest, has gone farther than any human being ever could in inter- 
ceding for us and has given us eternal hope. "Which hope we have 
as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which 
entereth into that within the veil." Heb. 6:19. Isn't that something to 
be thankful for? 

A is for our Advocate — one to plead our case — and the Author 
and finisher of our faith. I John 2:1b says, "And if any many sin, we 
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." It is 
far better that we never sin, but when we do, Christ will intercede 
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can give us faith. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of 
our faith." Heb. 12:2a. Jesus gives us faith and helps us grow in it; 
He intercedes for us when needed. Are you thankful for Him — 
always? 

N is for the Nazarene. Being a Nazarene, a person from 
Nazareth, may not be especially important. But it is important to 
notice that Jesus followed through on His pattern of lowly living. 
Jesus could have had a mansion here on earth, but He made His 
home in Nazareth and worked in a carpenter's shop, hardly a royal 
position. Nathanael asked, "Can there any good thing come out of 
Nazareth?" John 1:46. The reply "Come and see" invites you also 
to find out just who "Jesus of Nazareth" really is. Many Jews have 
the name "Jesus" or a form of it, and the phrase "Jesus of 
Nazareth" is still used to indicate which Jesus they mean. That 
phrase indentifies the Son of God; do you know Him? 

K is for King, and Jesus truly is our King. He has the right to 
grant us the portion God has prepared for us (see Matt. 25:34). 

S is for Shepherd and Jesus is that, too. "( am the good 
shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 
10:11. He gave all that He had to give so we could be saved. Is it 
any wonder that Paul said, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeak- 
able gift." II Cor. 9:15. 

G is for gift and Jesus is God's love-gift to us. Are you becoming 
convinced that we do have reasons to be thankful? 

I is for Immanuel as in Isa. 7:14 or Emmanuel as in Matt. 1:23. 
"And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted 
is, God with us." Jesus was physically present on this earth for 
awhile, but now He is present in our hearts by His Spirit. Jesus will 
teach us. He will lead us, He will support and comfort us just as He 
did the disciples who walked and talked with Him in Judea. What a 
blessed reason to be thankful even when life is utter chaos around 
us! 

V is for Vine, our source of strength and life. Jesus said, "I am 
the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman." John 15:1. He 
tells us how important it is that we abide In Him, the vine, and what 
the result is when we do. We will bear much fruit (15:5), we will 
have our prayer privileges increased (15:7), and we will also have 
much joy (15:1 1). Joy and thanksgiving go together; you will have 
both when you abide in the Vine. 

The remaining letters, "I", "N", "G", have already been covered, 
but perhaps you can find other scriptures which say what Christ 
means to you. All that He has done for us makes it possible for us 
to have a very special relationship to God. It is much to be thankful 
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Without Christ, none of this would be possible. Do you agree that 
we have much to be thankful for in all sorts of circumstances — 
because we have Christ? 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 

THANKFUL - EVEN THOUGH 

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings 
every morning, thank you Lord, that I can hear; there are many 
who are deaf. 

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as 
long as possible, thank you Lord, that I can see; there are many 
who are blind. 

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off getting up, thank you 
Lord, for strength to rise; there are many who are bedfast. 

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic (socks are lost, the 
toast is burned, and my temper is short), thank you, Lord, for my 
family; there are so many who are lonesome. 

Even though our breakfast table never looks like those in the 
ladies' magazines, and the menu is unbalanced, thank you, Lord, 
for the food that we have; for there are many who are hungry. 

Even though my job is sometimes monotonous, thank you. Lord, 
for the opportunity to work; there are many who are out of work. 

Even though I grumble from day to day and wish my 
circumstances were a little better, thank you, Lord, for the gift of 
life. 

Selected by 

Sister Carolyn M. Mellott 

HOLY SPIRIT 

This article was taken from notes I made in class and the book 
we used in that course while I was at Bethany Bible School in 1920. 

At one of Christ's meetings with His disciples after His resur- 
rection, it is said that Christ breathed on them and saith unto them, 
"Receive ye the Holy Ghost." God breathed into each of us the 
natural life, but Christ breathed on us the Spiritual life. We must be 
born again and become a new creature. As we are converted after 
we are convicted and have repented of our sins, we are to go as 
Jesus commanded us down into the water and be born again, 
having our sins washed away, then we receive the Holy Spirit and 
He becomes a part of us. 

Paul speaks of us as new creatures in Christ Jesus. The light of 
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light appeared brighter than his sin. If each of us have this great 
light within us we will be better people and the world will be a 
better place to live in. After the prodigal son received that light he 
had something to live for. It gave him strength for the duties that 
laid ahead. God gave us a great light. It shines through the day by 
the sun and by night through the moon. I wonder what this world 
would be like, if we had no light. Our homes would be very dark if 
there never was any light. So our lives become very dark unless we 
have the light of the blessed Son of God in our hearts. 

When a person wants to receive that Spiritual light, he must be 
born of the water and Spirit through faith and prayer. There are 
two operations in man's Spiritual birth. Baptism represents His 
cleansing and pardon of past sins, so he through faith in prayer 
and the laying on of hands will rece^ve the Holy Spirit. Now he has 
become a child of God. We can take the little acorn. If it did not 
have that life germ inside, it never would become an oak. By having 
that life germ of an oak within, there can come forth an oak. So we 
see if we are to come up on that great day with new bodies 
fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body, we must have within us 
the molding factor of the Holy Spirit. 

We then find that we are endowed with divine and supernatural 
strength. Gideon was one who had that strength. God dispatched 
His angel to Gideon with this message, "Go in this thy might, and 
thou Shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites." Gideon 
obeyed the call. Idolatory was destroyed in his father's house and 
he did those things that were necessary. 

With the Holy Spirit one needs wisdom. Joshua, Moses' suc- 
cessor, felt the loss of the nation's leader and the great responsi- 
bility that fell on his shoulders. But the secret of his success is 
revealed in these words, "He was full of the Holy Spirit," for Moses 
had laid his hands on him. We all remember that Saul was Israel's 
first king. He was a very meek man, but he lost the Spirit through 
disobedience. Does this apply to us today? If we do not let the 
Spirit lead us where will we be? In alot of trouble. 

David was a fine man. I believe there are three things that gave 
David favor with God and man, his noble Spirit, his meekness and 
his devoted, loyal life. Do you know of any man more sorely tried 
than David? It seemed the Spirit had such a hold on him that he 
was always led to make the wrong things right. I believe we can 
truly say he was "a man after God's own heart." 

Elisha was anointed as Elijah's successor. He did not ask for 
wealth nor honor, all he wanted was a double portion of the Spirit. 
His prayer was surely answered. How many of us and our ministers 
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did, this would be a better world to be living in. Many of the Old 
Testament leaders were endowed with His Spirit — Abraham, 
Jacob and many more. 

In the New Testament we are all baptized into one body and we 
are led by one Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit. Now we have one 
Spiritual Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the early 
Church there was a rapid growth, for on that day there were added 
to the Church three thousand souls. It kept on growing and 
reached over five thousand before many days had passed. We 
know under the power of the Holy Spirit it did continue to grow. 
We need more of the Holy Spirit in our Churches today. The more 
we have of the Holy Spirit the more we will grow and more souls 
will be born into the kingdom. Let us continue to pray for lost 
souls; time will soon be over and so many will perish. 

Jesus told His disciples it was expedient that He go away, then 
this Comforter would come which is the Holy Spirit. He would 
reprove this old world of sin. He would be a comfort to the Saints 
and God's name would be glorified. This would be a better place 
for them to live and to carry on the work they were sent to do. But it 
seemed they could not grasp why He had to leave them. It was 
necessary because while He was here in the flesh He could only be 
with them but if He sent the Comforter after He was gone He could 
be with them wherever they went. He would abide with them at all 
times. 

He not only told them He would send the Holy Spirit but told 
them what He would do. Let us pray daily that with the help of His 
Spirit, we can help gather more souls for Him. Some people today 
believe that as Christ cleansed the Temple, so it will be with the 
Church when Christ comes again. So many are going back into the 
world. It is very sad to see our loved ones go back into the sinful 
world. We, as His children, must keep on earnestly praying for 
them. We are told the prayers of the righteous availeth much. The 
hand of mercy is still available but just how long, God alone knows. 
If we wait too long it will be very sad for us. Now is the time; the 
door is open. If you are out of the ark of safety and you read this, 
will you stop and think, what will happen to you if you don't do as 
the Lord has asked you? Let me plead with you. Don't put it off for 
you may never have another chance. You have nothing to lose but 
everything to gain. Let us take Him as our Shepherd and He will 
guide us through this life and give us a home in Heaven. 

To be continued 
Sister E. M. Alltus 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE PEARL WITHOUT PRICE 

Matthew 13:45-46 

Have you ever seen a large pearl? Pearls are usually very small 
but once in awhile there is a great big one. Pearls are many 
different colors. Most are found in oysters and are started by a 
grain of sand that has accidentally lodged between the shell and 
the oyster. The oyster has the ability to coat the little grain of sand 
with a substance called "mother of pearl." As the years go by, the 
pearl keeps getting larger but it takes many years for an oyster to 
make a real large pearl. Pearls are very costly and an extra large 
pearl of a rare color and luster is almost priceless. 

One time Jesus gave an illustration about the Kingdom of 
Heaven. He said it was like a pearl merchant hunting valuable 
pearls. This merchant knew all about pearls. That was his 
business. He bought and sold pearls. I suppose he had pearls by 
the hundreds. One day while shopping for pearls he found one that 
was larger and more beautiful than any he had ever seen. He 
looked it over carefully and it was perfect. He wanted that pearl 
above anything but the price was very high. The man who was 
selling it knew about pearls too. Jesus said it was a pearl of great 
price. The merchant didn't have enough money to buy it but he 
was determined to get that pearl. Do you know what he did? He 
sold all that he had and bought it. I suppose it means that he not 
only sold all the pearls that he had but also his house, his business 
or any other property he may have owned. Why do you suppose he 
was willing to pay so much? It was because he knew that he had 
never seen another pearl so large, perfect or so beautiful. A pearl 
like that was priceless. He was sure he would never have another 
opportunity like it. It was a pearl of great price! 

Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like this man seeking 
goodly pearls. Jesus is the King of the Kingdom. Have you found 
Jesus? He's worth everything that you have in this life. Jesus 
promises to give you eternal life — that means after this life you 
will never die or get sick or be unhappy. We cannot begin to pay for 
Heaven but Jesus is willing to give it to us if we will give our life to 
Him. It's the best bargain you'll ever find. Jesus is that Pearl of 
Great Price! 



Brother Rudy Cover 



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ETERNITY 

O, ye young, ye gay, ye proud 
You must die and wear a shroud 
Time will rob you of your bloom 
Death will drag you to the tomb. 

Chorus: 

Then you'll cry and want to be 

Happy in Eternity 

Eternity, Eternity 

Happy in Eternity 

You will go to Heaven or Hell 
One you must and there to dwell 
Christ will come and quickly too 
I must meet him so must you. 

The white throne will soon appear 
All the world must then draw near 
Sinners will be driven down 
Saints will wear a starry crown. 

Sister Amy Kegerreis 

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from November 1, 1979 Issue 

God's divine purpose in his elect is inscrutable. Rom. 9:21-28, 
"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make 
one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God 
willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured 
with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:" 
(God has been merciful to Israel) "And that he might make known 
the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore 
prepared unto glory. (Now, note the universal call to the Gentiles.) 
Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the 
Gentiles?" 

All Gentiles now have power to become "the Sons of God" and 
also the Jews can have the same power through the Church 
Dispensation (the sixth), if they would only accept Christ and 
believe in Him. 

Going on with the reading in Romans 9, "As he saith also in 
Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and 
her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall to pass, that in the 
place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there 
shall they be called the children of the living God. Esaias also 
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Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved." We 
think this will be at Christ's Conning. "For he will finish the work, 
and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the 
Lord make upon the earth." 

At this point please notice Rom. 10:1-4, "Brethren, my heart's 
desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For 
I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according 
to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and 
going about to establish their own righteousness, have not sub- 
mitted themselves unto the righteousness of God, For Christ is the 
end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." 

In Conclusion, before leaving this Topic of God's Elect, we note 
the solicitation of the Apostle Paul for his own people Israel. Rom. 
11:1-5, "I say then. Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. 
For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of 
Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. 
Wot ye not what the scripture sayeth of Ellas? how he maketh 
intercession to God against Israel, saying. Lord, they have killed 
thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, 
and they seek my life. But what sayeth the answer of God unto 
him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not 
bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present 
time (the time of Paul's writing inspired by the Holy Spirit) also 
there Is a remnant (those who accepted Christ when He came) 
according to the election of grace." "What then? Israel hath not 
obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election (the Church) 
hath obtained It, and the rest were blinded." Rom. 11:7. 

Paul then proceeds to teach us that it is through their fall, that 
the Gentiles are saved, according to God's eternal purpose. Rom. 
1 1 :28, "As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: 
but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes 
(meaning Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)." 

A remnant will be grafted into God's election again, the election 
of grace. I Thess. 1 :4, "Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of 
God." II Pet. 1:10, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence 
to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye 
shall never fall." Sinner friend, Jew or Gentile, make diligence that 
you accept Christ as your personal Saviour, love, trust and obey 
Him, that your election may be sure. 

We have now finished our topic of Israel as God's chosen Elect, 
of the Fifth Dispensation of man on the earth, the Dispensation of 
Law and Works. In our next article, we want to notice Israel's 
clammering after and God's allowing them to become a world- 
kingdom having a fleshly King. 

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these deep Bible questions and at the same time make our articles 
as interesting and practical for the day in which we live, as we 
would like. God has only given me a very limited knowledge. We 
realize that perhaps the readers of the Monitor would be more 
interested in reading that which would require less research and 
study, something more emotional and which would require less 
activity of the mind. Nevertheless, we pray that God may bless our 
efforts and all of His children be blessed. 

Brother William Root 

GIVING THANKS ALWAY 

Perhaps some of the experiences that we have in these days of 
peril will cause us to view matters in a different way than what we 
have been accustomed to. This may be for our good and to the 
glory of God if we meet the issue as we should as Christian people. 

With the approach of another Thanksgiving day it might be well 
for us to compare the conditions in the world under which we are 
now living, and the attitude we take toward them, with conditions 
of former years and our attitude then. 

The terrible war that is raging among the nations is a calamity 
that is threatening to destroy everything that we have held dear. 
Our nation, our great cities, our contented communities, our 
churches, our homes, our liberties. This is true of all nations. A 
world wide crisis is upon us. Under such conditions do we feel like 
giving thanks? 

When we are prospering and everything is favorable with us it is 
only natural that we would, to some extent at least, feel grateful for 
what we are enjoying. But when adversity, calamity and distress 
come upon us can we be thankful under these conditions? Such an 
experience is a test of our Christianity. 

The gratitude of true Christian people expressed in the giving of 
thanks unto God and singing songs of praise and adoration unto 
His name, is not always evidence under pleasant and comfortable 
circumstances. We have some examples of this in the inspired 
writings. In Acts 5 we have a record of some of the experiences of 
the early apostles in the preaching of the gospel of Christ. Their 
message so stirred their hearers that it brought severe physical 
punishment upon them. They were beaten and commanded to not 
speak in the name of Jesus. Under these conditions the apostles 
"departed from the council rejoicing that they were counted 
worthy to suffer shame for his name." This was not pleasant 
experience but it brought joy and gladness to their hearts and they 
were grateful for the experience because it was an effective 
witness and testimony for Christ their Lord. 



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Again, in Acts 16 we havetheaccount of an experience that Paul 
and Silas had because of their ministration of the gospel. Their 
clothes were torn off, they were beaten with many stripes, and cast 
into prison where they were made fast in the stocks. As a result of 
this they no doubt suffered severely and evidently could not sleep 
for pain. Under these conditions it is remarkable to note that at 
midnight they "prayed and sang praises unto God." 

This experience merited the intervention of divine power and a 
great earthquake opened the prison and loosed the bands of the 
prisoners. This event resulted in the saving of the keeper of the 
prison and his household. Having met these issues in the fear of 
God and with submission to His will, although bringing physical 
suffering upon them, they were experiences worthy of thanks- 
giving and praise as the apostles viewed them. This should be a 
lesson to us should coming days be dark for us. 

In times of war and unrestrained licentiousness and de- 
bauchery. Christian people are often subjected to the most cruel 
and inhuman treatment because of their testimony for Christ and 
His gospel of peace. Should the present war continue long we who 
testify for Christ may have to suffer severely if we are true to Him. 
But if our suffering can bring to our fellowmen a more effective and 
convincing testimony for Christ and result in the salvation of souls, 
should it not be a matter of rejoicing on our part? 

In the matter of giving thanks to God, one of the sacred writers 
puts it this way, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the 
Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:19-20. This is what 
Paul and Silas did. Do we have the same kind of Christianity they 
had? If we commit our all to the Lord and are faithful in His service, 
we need not fear any experiences that we may meet, for His grace 
is sufficient for all. Let us give thanks always to the Lord, for He 
careth for us. Selected from November 15, 

1942 Issue of the Bible Monitor 

••••••• 

A GENTLE WORD 

One gentle word that we may speak 

Or one kind, loving deed. 

May, though a trifle, poor and weak 

Prove like a tiny seed: 

And who can tell what good may spring 

From such a very little thing? 

Author unknown 



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NEWS ITEMS 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

The Walnut Grove Congregation enjoyed a refreshing Revival 
Meeting with Bro. Edward Johnson of Wauseon, Ohio as 
evangelist. He brought Spirit filled messages which were 
enjoyed by all who were privileged to attend. 

We were glad Sis. Johnson could be with us too. 

One dear young sister accepted the Saviour. Please remember 
her in prayer. 

We are few In number and enjoy other members coming in to 
worship with us. 

May the Lord richly bless Bro. and Sis. Johnson as they continue 
to labor for Jesus. 

A Fall Lovefeast was enjoyed by the Walnut Grove Congre- 
gation, October 7. 

We were glad for the visiting ministers present throughout the 
day. Ministers present were Kenneth Wolfe, Eldon Mallow, Frank 
Shaffer, Joshua Rice and Jacob Ness. Bro. Eldon Mallow officiated 
in the evening service. 



Sister Margaret Dayhoff, Ass. Cor. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR DEC. 

Dec. 2 — The Spirit of the Lord. Isaiah 61:1-11. 

Dec. 9 — The Glory of Jerusalem. Isaiah 62:1-12. 

Dec. 16 — "He Was Their Saviour." Isaiah 63:1-19. (64:1-12). 

Dec. 23 — THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-15. 

Dec. 30 — New Heavens and a New Earth. Isaiah 65:1-25 (66:1-24). 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) Who is Isaiah speaking of in Isaiah 61:1? - Luke 4:16-21. 

(2) Is Jerusalem going to be again restored as a city of God? 
Isaiah 62:1-4, 1, 12; Rev. 20:9. 

(3) Who is the person mentioned in Isaiah 63:1-3? Isaiah 63:8. 

(4) Where did Joseph and Mary and Jesus go to escape the 
wrath of Herod? Matt. 2:14. 

^, (5) Is there going to be a city called Jerusalem on the new 

■ |l earth? Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Rev. 21:10. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR DECEMBER, 1979 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Ecc. 8:8 
There is no man that hath power 
over the spirit to retain the spirit; 
neither hath he power in the day 
of death: and there is no dis- 
charge in that war; neither shall 
wickedness deliver those that are 
given to It. 

Sat. 1 - Prov. 28:1-28 



Memory Verse: Isa. 19:20 
And it shall be for a sign and for 
a witness unto the Lord of hosts 
in the land of Egypt; for they shall 
cry unto the Lord because of the 
oppressors, and he shall send 
them a saviour, and a great one, 
and he shall deliver them. 



Sun. 


2 - 


- Ecc. 


8:1-17 


Mon. 


3 


- Ecc 


9:1-18 


Tues. 


4 


- Isa. 


5:1-15 


Wed. 


5 


- Isa. 


5:16-30 


Thur. 


6 


- Isa. 


19:1-25 


Fri. 7 


- 


Isa. 31:1-9 


Sat. 8 - 


Isa. 36:1-22 



Memory Verse: Isa. 31:5 
As birds flying, so will the Lord 
of hosts defend Jerusalem; de- 
fending also he will deliver it; 
and passing over he will preserve 
it. 

Sun. 9 - Isa. 37:1-20 

Mon. 10 - Isa. 37:21-38 

Tues. 11 - Isa. 38:1-22 

Wed. 12 - Isa. 42:1-13 

Thur. 13 - Isa. 42:14-25 



Fri. 14 - Isa. 43:1-13 
Sat. 15 - Isa. 43:14-28 



Memory Verse: Isa. 38:17 
Behold, for peace I had great 
bitterness: but thou hast in love 
to my soul delivered it from the 
pit of corruption: for thou hast 
cast all my sins behind thy back. 

Sun. 16 - Isa. 44:1-13 

Mon. 17 - Isa. 44:14-28 

Tues. 18 - Isa. 46:1-13 

Wed. 19 - Isa. 47:1-15 

Thur. 20 - Isa. 49:1-12 

Fri. 21 - Isa. 49:13-26 

Sat. 22 - Isa. 50:1-11 



Memory Verse: Isa. 9:6 
For unto us a child is born, unto 
us a son is given: and the govern- 
ment shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called 
Wonderful, Counsellor, The 
mighty God, The everlasting 
Father, The Prince of Peace. 

Sun. 23 - isa. 57:1-21 

Mon. 24 - Jer. 1:1-19 

Tues. 25 - Isa. 9:1-21 

Wed. 26 - Jer. 7:1-16 

Thur. 27 - Jer. 7:17-34 

Fri. 28 - Jer. 15:1-21 

Sat. 29 - Jer. 18:1-23 



Memory Verse: Isa 46:4 
And even to your old age I am he; 
and even to hoar hairs will I carry 
you: I have made, and I will bear; 
even I will carry, and will deliver 
you. 



Lester B'lsher 

4664 N. Sta^.e Rte, 48 

Covington, oti 45318 



(USPS 054-780) 



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VOL. LVII 



DECEMBER 1, 1979 



NO. 23 



'For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE CHURCH'S OrJE FOUNDATION 

The Church's one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord; 
She is His new creation By water and the word; 
From heav'n He came and sought her To be His holy bride; 
With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died. 

Elect from ev'ry nation, Yet one o'er all the earth, 
Her charter of salvation One Lord, one faith, one birth; 
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food. 
And to one hope she presses, With ev'ry grace endued. 

'Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war. 
She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore; 
Til! with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest, 
And the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest. 

Yet she on earth hath union With God the Three in One, 
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won; 
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace, that we. 
Like them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee. 

— S. J. Stone 



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THE LIVING ORDINANCES 

God is concerned about the welfare and growth of His Spiritual 
children, therefore He has provided a standard for them to follow. 
His standard is the New Testament teachings of the Church. By 
following this standard His children can please Him. This standard 
is often spoken of as doctrine. 

Doctrine is often ignored and many times despised. Many do not 
wish to hear or know of doctrine, although it is given for their own 
benefit. Without such teaching the members of the Church, first of 
all, would not know of the plan of salvation and, secondly, they 
would not have a clear concept of what was right or wrong in the 
Christian life. Many may consider doctrine to be dead and dull but 
in the end it is life, for it teaches the way of salvation and the way to 
live, pleasing God and producing Christian living. 

A part of the Church's doctrine is the ordinances. These 
ordinances are simple acts, within the capability of all, which teach 
a deeper Spiritual lesson. These ordinances do demand some 
action, however simple it may be. This action is putting the 
doctrines of the New Testament into practice. It is when they are 
practiced that they have living vitality and fulfill their purpose in 
advancing Christian lives. 

When we observe these ordinances, they are no longer dull, 
theological studies but become living, joyous helps in our 
Christian lives. Lovefeasts become mountain top experiences that 
encourage us when we find ourselves in the valley. When we 
humble ourselves to wash our Brother's feet, we are putting into 
practice a direct command of Jesus. Although it requires humility, 
it in turn gives us joy. Washing feet is a small service that we can 

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perform for our Brother and is also a symbol of the humility that 
should ever be evident in our lives. We should not want to reject 
this ordinance. 

The Lord's Supper Is another ordinance that requires only a little 
effort but repays in great blessings. The fellowship of a meal where 
all, rich or poor, are on one level unites and strengthens those 
around the tables. The Supper consists of common Items, meat, 
broth and bread. These Items are common to all classes so none 
are discriminated against around this table. 

The Communion service should unite and gladden the hearts of 
all present. Each should be better prepared for Christian living 
after they are so forcably reminded of the price paid for their 
redemption. The eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup 
place these simple symbols in our bodies, so we might better 
remember the suffering and death of Jesus, which He suffered in 
His body. Although such a meeting is very solemn It also Is joyous, 
for it unites the Brethren and strengthens everyone's desire to live 
for Him. This is certainly more to us than dead doctrine, it is the 
living practice that encourages, strengthens and unites us with 
those of like precious faith. 

Another living ordinance Is the anointing service. When the sick 
calls for the Elders to anoint him, his display of faith is a help to all 
present. The reading of the Scriptures, the comments made upon 
it, the anointing and the prayers offered help not only the sick, but 
all who are present. Each one goes away feeling the present power 
of God awaits only faith, obedience and confession to be 
unlocked. We see God work in the healing, oft physically and 
always Spiritually, which adds to the faith and courage of each 
one. 

God in His wisdom had designed these ordinances for our 
benefit. When we are obedient and put them into practice we reap 
many blessings that we would lose otherwise. Without these 
ordinances, it would be difficult to continue on the Christian 
pathway. To affirm that we believe the Bible in its entirety but then 
refuse to carry out God's well-intentioned ordinances, is to make 
ourselves appear untruthful at the best and disobedient and sinful 
at the worst. 

What God does, He does well. This includes what He provides 
for our benefit Spiritually. He does not provide these ordinances 
that He may delight in treating us harshly but conversely because 
He delights in our willing and submissive service. That service 
however feeble it may be will be repaid many times over in Spiritual 
blessings here on earth and later in Heaven. Certainly such 
doctrine can not be dead which sustains us as these ordinances 
do. 

These living ordinances are for your benefit. Are you reaping 
their intended benefit? Are they alive for you? 



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THE BIBLE MOMTOR 

The Bible Monitor has been coming into my home for nearly a 
half century. I have kept all the issues since the first one I received. 
As I look over some Monitors of many years ago I notice that many 
contributors have gone to their eternal reward. I know of no other 
Church paper that is always filled with such Gospel — doctrine 
teachings and is so instructive and instrumental in helping us to 
move onward to the brighter world beyond. We are now living in an 
age of many religious papers but few Christian ones. The Bible 
Monitor stands out from the modern trend of the Churches. 

It is filled with rich spiritual food that is good for the souTs 
salvation. It is a strong, beacon light for the faith once delivered to 
the saints. It is a great blessing and consolation to have come into 
our homes news and words of comfort from those of like precious 
faith from many miles away. We may be living many miles apart but 
we can be united for the faith once delivered to the saints. 

The Bible Monitor originated through a belief in the saving 
Gospel of Christ and contributed to a separation from the evils of 
the world, as we are commanded to come out from among them 
and be ye separate. Because of a falling away by many from the 
path of truth and righteousness, a reorganization was considered 
necessary to be true to the saving Gospel of Christ. "For every one 
that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his 
deeds should be reproved." John 3:20. If we have escaped the 
corruption and pollution that is in the world through lusts and are 
again entangled, the latter end is worse than the beginning. It is 
indeed a sad condition for those who have turned away from the 
way of truth and righteousness. The Bible and Bible Monitor have 
been instrumental in leading souls from darkness to the marvelous 
light. After many have fallen from the fundamental principles of the 
Gospel. The saving Gospel of Christ condemns the putting on of 
apparel and costly array that are accepted by many of our so- 
called Churches in our day. The true Church is existing through 
Gospel authority. 

As I think of my boyhood days, great changes have taken place 
among many professing Christians. The plain, simple life has dis- 
appeared at many places of the worship. This is indeed a sad 
condition for the true Christians to behold, as God has called our 
faithful foreparents to be separate from the world. He is calling for 
us, today, to be true to His Word. We are told in the saving Gospel 
that in the latter times there shall be a falling away, a departing, 
from the faith of the Gospel. Are we as thankful as we should be 
that we can be with the faithful? A great reward is awaiting the 
faithful soldiers of the Cross of Christ. 



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May it be our desire that the Bible Monitor will always meet the 
Holy and Divine approval of God. We should pray for it that it may 
continue to be a guiding light in this dark and sinful world that 
through it many may find the Way to God. 

Brother J. F. Marks 

R.D. 3 Box 509, York, Pa. 17402 



BLAME IT ON THE DOG 

A family had a silly answer for times when the freezer was left 
open, or the milk was spilled in the refrigerator, when everyone 
said, "I didn't do it." "Blame it on the dog" was the phrase they 
used, when obviously no one else did it! That's about how silly 
most of our excuses and denials are. We DID do it, we did make a 
mistake. But admit it? Never! It had to be someone else's fault. 

Unwillingness to accept the responsibility for one's own actions, 
not being able to say, "I did it," are marks of immaturity. 
Sometimes we just aren't grown-up enough to face what we have 
done. When things turn out wrong, it's so easy to say "I didn't do 
it!" It is also easy to say, "he made me do it" or "she tempted me," 
but that doesn't relieve you of your responsibility either. You can't 
"blame It on the dog" and avoid the consequences of your actions. 

You have a responsibility to control yourself. You certainly can't 
expect others to do it for you, although those who are Christ's will 
be concerned for you. An unbeliever will not be concerned about 
your weaknesses and may encourage you to "live it up," but that 
will not excuse you. Loudly blaming or condemning someone else, 
whether guilty or innbcent, may direct people's attention away 
from you, but that doesn't change anything either. You are still 
responsible for your own actions. 

Adam blamed Eve because she gave him the forbidden fruit; she 
in turn blamed the serpent. But God considered each responsible 
for his own act and punished them accordingly. Aaron excused 
himself to Moses for having made the golden calf because the 
people asked for a god to worship. The people excused them- 
selves "because they didn't know what had become of Moses." It 
did not help to make excuses and try to sidestep responsibility for 
the mistakes made. In the end, they only brought suffering upon 
themselves. 

Job said, "And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error 
remalneth with myself." (19:4) He knew that when he erred, he 
couldn't push the responsibility off on someone else. Jesus said, 
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they 
shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matt. 12:26. A 



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day of reckoning will come when you will be required to give 
account of yourself — to admit what you have done. You can't 
make excuses and no one else is going to take the blame for you, 
so it pays to be honest and responsible right now. 

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I 
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish 
things." I Cor. 13:11. "Brethren, be not children in understanding." 
I Cor. 14:20a. It is easy for a child to blame others, to refuse 
responsibility for what he does, but there comes a time for a child 
to grow up. As understanding increases, childish ways such as 
temper tantrums, selfishness, irresponsibility are left behind. If you 
remain a child in understanding, your actions will show it. Make it 
your business to grow up and be a man — one that pleases God. 

"But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even 
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern 
both good and evil." Heb. 5:14. "Of full age" means maturity and 
this is a result of growth. We don't mature spiritually overnight 
anymore than we do physically, but we are expected to mature. 
Spiritual maturity is affected by what we do, what we read and 
think about and the responsibilities we accept. We must be 
especially careful about what we read, a mind and soul fed on 
garbage (silly novels, trashy magazines) can't be healthy and 
mature. 

There comes a time in your life when you ought to be mature 
enough to accept responsibility, to teach others, to discern good 
and evil (see Heb. 5:12-14). If you have been taught, you should be 
able to help others, but if you haven't learned anything, you 
certainly can't teach others. Your state of ignorance does not 
excuse you, however, for it is time to apply yourself and learn what 
God would have you do with your life. Make use of your knowledge 
to discern good and evil. Then you can help those about you. 

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all 
things, which is the head, even Christ." Eph. 4:15. "And the Lord 
make you to increase and abound in love..." I Thess. 3:12. Love is 
the motivating factor which will prompt you to be responsible and 
not blame others. Love will even accept the blame for another's 
careless actions — this is what Christ did for us. It is far better to 
suffer wrongfully than to make another suffer for what you do. 

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." 
Rom. 14:12. Whatever you've done with your life, whatever your 
actions, day to day, you must give account of yourself. No one else 
will be required to answer for you; your circumstances are no 
excuse either. You cannot "blame it on the dog." 

Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"PEACE BE STILL" 

Matt. 8:24-27; Mark 4:47-41; Luke 8:23-25 

Were you ever in a boat on the ocean when it was rough and the 
waves were high. I have been and it makes one feel pretty helpless 
and insecure. One day Jesus and His disciples were crossing the 
Sea of Galilee in a boat. The Sea of Galilee is noted for having 
sudden storms. Sure enough, a storm came upon them. 

Some of Jesus' disciples were fishermen and had seen many 
storms on the Sea of Galilee but they had never seen a storm like 
this one. The waves were breaking over the boat and the ship was 
full of water. The disciples were doing all they could to save the 
boat but the storm got worse and worse. Jesus was sleeping on a 
pillow in the back part of the ship. He was tired from talking to and 
healing so many people — but how could anyone sleep in a storm 
like this? Finally the disciples, realizing that they were helpless, 
woke Jesus and said, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" 
They knew Jesus could do many miracles but they had never been 
in such a storm. Could Jesus help them now? Do you know what 
Jesus did? He just stood up in the boat and said to the wind and 
waves, "Peace be still." What do you suppose happened? The wind 
and the raging of the sea ceased and there was a great calm. The 
Sea of Galilee was peaceful — not a ripple or a wave. If the boat 
had not been full of water, it would have seemed like a dream that 
there had ever been a storm. 

The disciples were amazed and afraid and said one to another, 
"What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds 
and the water and they obey him." I think those disciples were 
happy too, don't you? They thought they were all going to drown 
but now they were safe. They had Jesus with them who could do 
anything! 

Sometimes in our lives, we too have storms come upon us. We 
often feel that the trials and troubles we have are too much for us 
to handle. We get out on life's troubled sea and we often despair. 
But there is help for you — there is help for me. We can say to 
Jesus, "Lord save me, I perish." Then the blessing will come. Jesus 
can smooth the trials and He can give strength to overcome. For 
He has said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Let Jesus 
come into your heart. He wants to say to you, "Peace, Be Still." 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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HOLY SPIRIT 

Continued from November 15, 1979 Issue 

Jesus is still extending the hand of mercy to those who are lost. 
If you put it off too long, how sad it will be. We are told, "My spirit 
shall not always strive with man." Can you hear Him calling, "And 
the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say 
Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him 
take the water of life freely."? Every soul is welcome into the 
presence of the Lord. He does not care how poor you are. 

When we come before the judge in the last day the books will be 
open and there will be an accurate account of the deeds done 
while here on earth. Some books here, when they come to be taken 
into account, are found not accurate. But we all know Christ's 
record will be correct. Many a time we all have wished we could 
erase things from that record. Let us each one be more careful 
about the record that we are making. Paul tells us, "... God shall 
judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel." 
We read where Paul tells us, "For the word of God is quick, and 
powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to 
the diving assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and 
marrow, and is a decerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 
We are also told that if we judge ourselves, we shall not be judged. 

I believe there are going to be alot of disappointed people when 
He comes to claim His own. We are told to strive to enter into the 
strait gate, for many will seek to enter and will not be able. Most of 
us today have His word to study. If we don't, we can easily find a 
copy of it. I am sure we don't have any excuse because if we are 
seeking to find the way of the Lord, the way would be open for us 
and if we seek to find the Lord, He is always near. There is no 
reason for anyone to be disappointed. Pharoah said of Joseph 
after he had interpreted the king's dream, "Can we find such a one 
as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?" Peter tells us, 
"...holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 
Our teacher told us that he felt that the Holy Spirit gave men an x- 
ray vision of the future. 

How could Christ or any of His Apostles instruct us in such 
preparation, unless they had had a glimpse into the future and 
could see what was coming? It is the same today. We could not 
prepare for winter, if we did not know that it was coming. I believe 
the prophets and many more in the Old Testament, as well as the 
disciples, were able to look into the future and see coming events. 
We should not be so concerned about today but for tomorrow, 
what is before each of us in the future, concerning the salvation of 



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souls. Christ tells us His own Church will be in that day like the ten 
Virgins, only half were ready to go when God called. 

If we have the Holy Spirit we can get the message of salvation to 
the dying world. The twelve apostles accompanied Jesus for three 
years. They heard His doctrine, witnessed the miracles He 
performed and were In His company on many a mission. He taught 
them many wonderful things about His doctrine, but Paul received 
His message through the Holy Spirit. We learn that when Paul 
came among the twelve they all believed on the same Jesus Christ, 
having one Faith and were all of one accord. 

When Christ sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, He dictated 
what He taught and believed. We know the Holy Spirit Is a safe 
teacher. We find perfect harmony between Christ's teaching and 
the Holy Spirit who taught the Apostle Paul. "And they were 
astonished at his doctrine." We are told the early converts, 
"continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine." I believe today 
our ministers should preach more on the doctrine and let all hear 
what we as a Church stand for. Those who are young in the 
Church may be helped to be more steadfast. Christ incorporated 
government and discipline in the Church. 

Are we "thoroughly furnished unto every good work"? It might 
be well for us to notice and see if this is true of us, both as related 
to our Christian life and conduct and care for the interest of the 
Church. Can we say that this is true of our school here at the 
present time (1 920)? tf we as members of this Christian School are 
born of the Spirit, we will conduct ourselves in such a way that 
those around us will know we are following the Lord Jesus, who 
died that we might live. In 1920 I believe those in the School were 
trying to follow in Christ's footsteps, but where are they now? If 
you entered the same school, you would not recognize it. My, how 
sad! But our Lord never changed, He is the same yesterday and 
today and forever. 

We must be careful of where we are headed. If we are born of the 
Spirit and led by the Spirit, He will guide us on that strait and 
narrow way to life eternal. Our preachers are full of the Holy Spirit 
and their messages give us a desire to press on that upward way. 
We sing and pray by the Spirit. When a preacher stands before an 
audience and the Holy Spirit gives him the words to say, we know 
he is a man living for Him. Why is it that education has come in and 
Christ has gone out? Our dear ministers pray for divine help. 
Although they may have little education, they become able and 
fruitful ministers of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. 

Many ministers are highly educated, but they lack the Spirit of 
Christ. So their messages come from the head, not the heart. This 



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is very sad. Cold messages do not touch the heart of the unsaved. 
I wonder what the Dear Lord thinks. If we hear a spiritual message, 
one that comes from the indwelling Spirit, it touches the unsaved 
and finds a dwelling place. We must be led by the Spirit of Christ if 
we expect to impart love and grace to others. 

Elisha asked, "Let a double portion; of the spirit rest upon me." 
How about us, do we desire a double portion of His Spirit upon us, 
so we can reach out to those that are lost? Paul's conversion has 
always meant alot to me. It is a wonderful thing to see how he was 
blinded by the great light. He knew it was Jesus, but the answer 
came, "i am Jesus whom thou persecuted." How willing he was to 
find out what he must do. He obeyed his Master and did a 
wonderful work for Him. 

I pray that when each of us comes to the end of our journey, here 
below, that we will be greeted with the welcome message of joy 
and cheer, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been 
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; 
enter thou into the joy of the Lord." 

We are told that charity never faileth. Faith and hope are for a 
little while, but charity is for all eternity; charity is the greatest. We 
must have Faith to please God. We as Christians need Hope. If we 
did not have hope for a future home in Heaven, what would we do? 
That great Hope keeps us going on towards that Heavenly home. 
Paul tells us that hope is the anchor of the soul. 
"Faith will Vanish into sight; 

Hope be emptied in delight, 
Love in heaven shines more bright: 
Therefore, give us love." 

Let us all remember Christ, our Redeemer, is a gift to the world, 
sent by the Father; The Holy Spirit is a gift to the Church, sent by 
the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit was sent to teach you all 
things and to bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I 
have taught you. He will show you things to come. He will reprove 
the world of sin and of judgment to come. Dear ones, shall we not 
share in the joy of that future homecoming in that eternal day, and 
dwell in that eternal City with God's eternal family? 

Sister E. M. Alltus 

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GALILEO'S TESTIMONY— Galileo, the philosopher, when asked 
by the Roman Inquisition as to his belief in God, replied, pointing 
to a straw on the floor, that, from the structure of that straw alone, 
he would infer the existence of an Intelligent Creator. 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

PART 12 
Continuation of the Fifth Dispensation of the World 

After the fall of man and after the first four dispensations, we find 
that God, in His mercy, began to prepare and lead a people, His 
called out, from the kingdom of this world, a separate people, for 
His kingdom. We should ever be mindful of the fact that God's 
Word teaches us that God's kingdom in its nature is Spiritual and 
separate from the kingdoms of the world. 

As we follow the Bible account of God's doings we are made to 
believe that He designed the way for man's redemption and 
reconciliation (after his fall) through His Son, Jesus Christ. That 
people became the children of Israel, whom God allowed to have a 
King and to become a fleshly kingdom. For centuries, God 
watched over and protected this people from their enemies, but 
when they forsook Him and became idolaters His glory left the 
Temple and He gave them over to their enemies. 

Let us follow Israel until God allowed them to have a king and an 
earthly kingdom. Remember God said, "And ye shall be unto me a 
kingdom of priests, and an holy nation." Exod. 19:6. Follow them 
through the descendants of three of the tribes. Gad, Reuben and 
half tribe Manasseh. The Word says, "Unto them were given the 
kingdom of Sihon and the kingdom of Og. 

NOTE: The account as given by Moses, Num. 32:29-33, ''And 
Moses said unto them. If the children of Gad and the children of 
Reuben will pass with you over Jordan, every man armed to battle, 
before the Lord, and the land shall be subdued before you; then ye 
shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession: But if they will 
not pass over with you armed, they shall have possessions among 
you in the land of Canaan. And the children of Gad and the 
children of Reuben answered, saying. As the Lord hath said unto 
thy servants, so will we do. We will pass over armed before the 
Lord into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our 
inheritance on this side Jordan may be ours. And Moses gave unto 
them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, 
and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the 
kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og 
king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even 
the cities of the country round about." 

God through Moses kept his covenant with the fathers to give 
them the land of Canaan. God confirmed their territory and the 
boundaries of their land in Deut. 3:12-13; and Joshua 13;1-15, 
showing an inheritance was to be given to the other nine tribes and 



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the other half tribe of Manasseh. To Levi He gave no inheritance. 
The sacrifices of the Lord God of Israel made by fire are their 
inheritance as he said unto them in verses 13-14. 

In the days of Joshua, who succeeded Moses as God's chosen 
leader of His people, we record seven items or events that 
occurred in his day concerning the fifth Dispensation. First, there 
was the invasion of the land. Josh. 1 :5. Second, The fall of Jericho, 
Josh. 6. Third, The battle of Ai, and Israel at Ebal and Gerizim, 
chapters 7 and 8. The other four items are: The conquest of the 
south, the conquest of the north, the list of kings smitten, the 
division of the land, the appointment of the cities of refuge, and the 
Farewell address and death of Joshua. 

The leading topic of the book of Joshua is the conquest and 
division of the land of Canaan. Before the death of Joshua, the 
people promised him that they would serve the Lord God. Josh. 
24:13-14. After Joshua's death, in the days of the Judges they took 
Hebron, but some of the Canaanites were yet left. God sent an 
angel to rebuke His people at Bochim shewing the wickedness of 
the new generation after Joshua and their punishment. Judges 2:1- 
2. The Word records that they buried Joshua, "And also all that 
generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose 
another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet 
the works which he had done for Israel." Judges 2:10. And we find 
that this new generation forsook the Lord by following other gods, 
so the anger of the Lord was hot against them wherever they went. 

After this, God raised up Deborah, Barak, Gideon and others to 
deliver Israel out of the hands of their enemies. However they were 
oppressed and cried out to God. God in His mercy again pitied 
them as they repented. Nevertheless they served the Philistines 
forty years. 

In this we have an example of God's unchanging law. Gal. 6:7-8, 
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall 
of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of 
the Spirit reap life everlasting." In those days, all these things 
happened to Israel and more. When we come to the end of the days 
of the Judges, we learn that there was no fleshly King in Israel. 
God who is a Spirit led and ruled over His people. "Every man did 
that which was right in his own eyes." Judges 21:25. 

To be continued 
Brother William Root 



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OBITUARY 

MARTHA WOODWARD 

Sis. Martha (Eby) Woodward was born April 22, 1889 at Morrill, 
Kansas and passed away September 30, 1979 at the age of 90, at 
the Quinter Long Term Care Home, where she had been a resident 
for several years. 

She was married to Ralph Woodward, October 16, 1919. They 
moved to the Quinter community in 1925. Ralph preceded her in 
death, October 25, 1974. She is survived by one son, Ralph Earl of 
Golden, Colorado, five grandchildren and two great-grand- 
children. 

Funeral services were held at Hendricks Funeral Home Chapel 
with Brethren Dale and Herman Jamison officiating. 

MARRIAGES 

NOECKER - KEENEY 

Sister Florence Noecker, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Samuel 
Noecker, Auburn, Pennsylvania, and Bro. Eugene Keeney, son of 
Bro. and Sis. Norman Keeney, Red Lion, Pennsylvania, were 
united In marriage August 4, 1979 at the couple's present home by 
Elder David Ebling. The couple's address is R. 1, Felton, 
Pennsylvania 17322. 

WOLFE - SWEITZER 

Sister Cynthia Wolfe, daughter of Bro. and Sis. Verling Wolfe, 
Bethel, Pennsylvania, and Bro. Merle Sweitzer, son of Bro. and Sis. 
Cllfron Sweitzer, Red Lion, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage 
August 11, 1979 at the home of the bride by Elder James Kegerreis. 
Bro. David Kegerreis conducted the opening devotions. The 
couple will make their home at R. 3, Box 81, Red Lion, Pennsyl- 
vania 17356. 

HEARN - KEENEY 

Sister Wilma Hearn, daughter of Mr. Elwood Hearn, Waynes- 
boro, Pennsylvania and the late Sister Fannie Hearn, and Bro. 
Harold Keeney, son of Bro. and Sis. Kenneth Keeney, Seven 
Valleys, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage October 13, 1979 at 
the couple's present home by Bro. David Kegerreis. The couple's 
address is R. 1, Wernersville, Pennsylvania 19565. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The address of Bro. W. E. Bashor has changed to 875 Lorna 
Drive, Glen Ellen, California 95442. 

NOTICE 

It is again time for the Editor to be informed of any changes to be 
made in the Ministerial list or other information in the February 1st 
issue. Please inform him by January 1, 1980. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation enjoyed another two week revival from 
September 23 through October 7 with Elder Dean St. John as our 
evangelist. Although there were no souls added to the Church at 
this time, we pray that the good seed which was sown will bring 
forth a harvest at a later date. We were glad to have Sister St. John 
with us during the two weeks. 

On Saturday, October 20, we held our Fall Lovefeast with a good 
attendance. Ministers present were: Paul Myers, David Ebling, 
Virgil Leatherman, Frank Shaffer, David Kegerreis and Kenneth 
Wolfe. At the close of the afternoon service a Brother was received 
back into the Church. Elder Paul Myers officiated in the evening. 
Elders Frank Shaffer and Paul Myers stayed for Sunday morning. 

Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

We have just finished a week of refreshing meetings with soul- 
stirring messages by Bro. Hayes Reed. We were made to rejoice 
when two young brethren desired to fellowship with us. They were 
received on their former baptisms. We thank God for those who are 
still willing to follow the leading of the Lord. 

The meetings were well attended and we are grateful to our 
visitors for their help during the Lovefeast. 

The new addition and remodeling of the church were finished in 
time for the meetings, thanks to the many willing hands "who had a 
mind to work." 

During the summer a young boy accepted Jesus as his Saviour 
and was baptized. May he ever grow in grace and knowledge of the 
Lord. 

We now have more responsibility as older ones to be a shining 
example to the younger members. May we each be more 
determined to follow our Saviour as we commit our lives to Him. 

Sister Ethel Whitmer, Cor. 



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BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation held their fall Lovefeast October 28. 
Visiting ministers throughout the day were Elders Jacob Ness, 
Laverne Keeney, Allen Eberly and Bro. Jack Snyder. Bro. Snyder 
officiated in the evening. 

Sister Fern Kegerreis, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

May God bless all the Brothers and Sisters for the kind Christian 
love and concern given to our beloved mother - Sister Ada M. 
Whitman, both in health and in sickness, during her life here on 
earth. The charitable acts and deeds of thoughtfulness and kind- 
ness given her through the many years, by her beloved Brethren in 
the Lord, was the kiss of God's love to her dear heart. The 
language of the heart is unexpressable in words, but the giver and 
receiver both share equally its contents in love one to the other. 
Yea! Even life! "We know that we have passed from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren." I John 3:14. To have sweet fellow- 
ship and to worship her glorious Lord with her Brethren were the 
spiritual joys and food her soul so delighted in. O, how she loved 
the Brethren! Now her soul rests with all the redeemed in the Lord 
Jesus' Paradise, but the spiritual light of her life lives on! Praise 
God's Holy Name! 

We want to thank our beloved Brethren for your prayers, cards, 
flowers, memorial gifts, words of comfort and sympathy given us at 
the death of our mother and sister In the Lord, Ada M. Whitman. 
May God bless each one is our prayer. 

Her daughters: 
Sister Leiah Belle Souder, 
Sister Luluvene Yates, 
Mrs. Fern Baeder 



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NICHOLAS PAID THE DEBT 

A soldier in Russia owed a great deal of money, and he knew not 
where to get it. On a piece of paper he made out a list of all his 
debts, and underneath wrote: "Who shall pay these debts?" He 
then fell asleep, and while in that condition the Emperor of Russia 
passed by, and taking the paper, read the question. Having read it, 
he took a pen and at the bottom signed his name '^Nicholas." When 
the soldier awoke, he thought it was all too good to be true, but in 
the morning the money came, and the debt was paid. 



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VOL. LVII 



DECEMBER 15, 1979 



NO. 24 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HARK, THE GLAD SOUND 

Hark, the glad sound! the Savior comes! 

The Savior promised long! 
Let every heart prepare a throne, 

And every voice a song. 

He comes, the prisoner to release, 

In Satan's bondage held; 
The gates of brass before Him burst, 

The iron fetters yield. 

He comes, from thickest films of vice 

To clear the mental ray, 
And on the eyeballs of the blind 

To pour celestial day. 

He comes, the broken heart to bind. 

The bleeding soul to cure. 
And with the treasure of His grace, 

To enrich the humble poor. 

— Philip Doddridge 



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THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS 

"For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus 
Christ, and him crucified." I Cor. 2:2. 

The Christmas season brings before the child of God many 
customs and activities that are contrary to the Gospel. This season 
has become a time of revelry and merrymaking. All of this is done 
supposedly in honor of the One who desires sobriety and piety. 
Many legends have been attached to the Christmas story. Symbols 
and motifs have been invented and added to the paraphenalia of 
the season. All of this is done to honor the One who urged truth 
and simplicity. It seems that in the maze of legend and com- 
mercialism Christ has been pretty well driven out of Christmas. 

The child of God needs to look beyond the glitter and the hoopla 
surrounding Christmas that he might see Christ. The important 
event that should attract our attention is that Christ did come to 
this earth. In His coming, we have more than a sweet, sentimental 
story to warm the heart, we have the plan of salvation brought 
down to us. Despite the surrounding, almost overwhelming, 
trappings that have nearly smothered Christ out of Christmas, we 
need to see Him not only as the Babe of Bethlehem but also as the 
suffering Saviour of Calvary. 

Do we have the same determination as the Apostle Paul? Even in 
the perverted celebration of this season, can we be determined 
enough to find and to know Christ only? Determination or 
perserverance is one of the qualities needed In the Christian walk 
of life. That determination is necessary not only in the ordering 
of our lives to please Him but even in keeping our eyes of faith 

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upon Him. If we lose sight of Him we will soon be driven about on 
the wild sea of doubt, evil and dissipation. This season, supposed- 
ly set aside in His honor, often hides Him from our spiritual view 
with its festivities, paganisms and commercialism. 

Just as Paul had to be very determined to find Christ among the 
Corinthians then we also need determination to find Him at this 
season. The Church at Corinth had perverted many of the 
doctrines and ordinances that had been delivered to them by Paul. 
He had to correct them concerning the prayer veil and the Love- 
feast service as well as in their marriages and other problems that 
had arisen there. So today instead of the peace and good will 
envisioned at this season, we have drunkenness, greed and anger. 
The symbol of Christmas for most people has become Santa Claus 
or the Christmas tree. Christ is left out. But then He was pretty well 
left out at Corinth where they reveled and banqueted rather than 
have orderly Lovefeasts. There they accommodated the world, 
often contending against the doctrines and ordinances given for 
their benefit such as the prayer covering. 

There are many things that can allure our sight from Him if we 
are not determined enough. These things may be good and proper 
in themselves in their place but when they hinder our view of Him 
they must be put aside. These things may easily arise in this 
season. With a feeling of sociability and sharing it is easy to be 
caught up in the activities that the world has appended to 
Christmas. Many of these things have even been brought into the 
Churches. Just as Paul needed a great determination in order to 
find Christ among the Corinthians and their activities so it 
demands diligence to find Him in the superflous activities of this 
Christmas season. 

To demonstrate how Christ has nearly been driven from the 
holiday named for Him, we have only to consider that often 
"Christmas" has been abbreviated to "Xmas." This effectively 
leaves Him out. It displays this world's disregard for Him and their 
regard for convenience. It is easier to write the name without Him 
in it. 

The Bethlehem scene may be touching and heartwarming but its 
real meaning comes to us only when we realize that He was born to 
die. But His death was not for Himself or His infirmities; it was for 
us. We must know Him not as a Babe but as our Crucified Saviour. 
The scene at Bethlehem with its stable, the angels and the 
shepherds is so peaceful and Inviting but this was but the 
beginning that would end in a different scene at Calvary. There is a 
scene of agony, rejection and burdenbearing. It is not an inviting 
scene, but it is as necessary as the Bethlehem scene. For without 
it, Bethlehem would be without meaning. 



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Are you as determined as Paul to know the crucified Christ? Are 
you able to find Him even in the midst of this season of misguided 
activities? Do you know the real Jesus? 



JESUS OF NAZARETH 

What's so special about a man named Jesus? Any man could be 
named Joshua, Yeshua (Heb.) or Jesus (Greek) — all forms of the 
same name, meaning "saviour." And Nazareth — that isn't very 
special either. It was a town nestled in a basin in the mountains, a 
rather out-of-the-way place. It apparently didn't have a very good 
reputation either, which gave rise to a question, "Can any good 
thing come out of Nazareth?" Something good did come out of 
Nazareth and there is something special about the man Jesus, for 
not just anyone could be "Jesus of Nazareth." 

"Jesus of Nazareth" is part of the title Pilate gave Jesus when He 
was crucified. It is the title still used by Jews today to designate 
which Jesus they are referring to. To them, Jesus of Nazareth was 
just an ordinary man, a good teacher but not God's Son, the Jesus 
of the Christian's New Testament. Is Jesus of Nazareth any more to 
you than that? He should be. Let's think now about who Jesus 
really is, why He was born, and what His life on earth means to us 
today. 

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the 
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me 
that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of 
old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2. Bethlehem probably wasn't a 
very important town either, that is until Jesus was born there. 
Christ's birth caused quite a stir, first among the shepherds and 
later all over Jerusalem. It should cause quite a stir in your heart, 
too, for Jesus came to this earth to redeem you. "Bethlehem" 
means "house of bread" and Jesus is the "Bread of Life" to those 
who accept Him. 

Herod, the king, viewed Christ's birth as a threat to his own 
position and sought to kill Him, but Jesus was born for a special 
purpose and no one could interfere. God delayed Herod's plans by 
sending the wise men home another way, and then finally, He sent 
Joseph, Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod's death 
sentence. Jesus was to die for us at the appointed time, and we 
should think of His birth, not as just an unusual event, but as the 
beginning of the earthly life of our Saviour. 

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the 
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be 
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting 



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Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and 
peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon 
his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with 
justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts 
will perform this." Isa. 9:6-7. There's a similar passage in Luke 
1:31-35. Do you still think Jesus is just ordinary? Anyone who can 
bring us peace and hope as He does, can't be ordinary. 

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a 
Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall 
rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of 
counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the 
Lord." Isa. 11:1-2. "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, 
filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him... And 
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and 
man." Luke 2:40, 52. Jesus had something that no one else had. He 
was, and is, someone that no one else is, for He is God's Son. 

Jesus lived in Nazareth until the time when John the Baptist was 
imprisoned (see Matt. 2:23). At this time, Jesus moved to 
Capernaum and there began His ministry (Matt. 4:13). "The Spirit 
of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to 
preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the 
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening 
of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable 
year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort 
all that mourn." Isa. 61:1-2. Jesus came to minister to each need 
that we have. Certainly, it was not an ordinary ministry. Have you 
allowed Him to minister to your needs? 

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as 
many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons 
of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:11-12. The 
Jewish people, Christ's own, have not accepted Him as a nation, 
but they are being drawn to Him. Rabbi Grollman of St. Louis said, 
"The promise of inner peace is drawing Jewish young people away 
from Judaism and toward Christianity." The things we can do, 
whether we are Jew or Gentile, will never bring us peace. Peace 
comes into our lives when Jesus of Nazareth comes into our 
hearts. 

Jesus' birth was not ordinary; His ministry was not ordinary. 
Jesus' death and resurrection certainly were not ordinary events. 
Jesus was born to die that you and I might live — eternally. Jesus 
of Nazareth, the King of the Jews, is my Saviour. Is He yours? 



Sister Eileen Broadwater 
Pioneer, Ohio 43554 



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THE CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A MAN CALLED LEGION 

Mark 5:1-21; Luke 8:26-40 

One time Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee with His disciples 
to a country called Gadera. They arrived at a place where there 
was a cemetery. As Jesus got out of the boat, a man met Him. He 
lived in the tombs that were cut out of the rock where people 
buried their dead. I don't suppose these tombs were all occupied 
or filled, so it was a place where this man could find shelter. The 
man was possessed with so many devils or evil spirits, so he acted 
like a crazy man. People had tried to bind him with chains and 
ropes but he was so strong that he just pulled the chains off and 
broke the ropes into pieces. Nobody could tame him. He was a wild 
man; he walked in the mountains and among the tombs yelling and 
cutting himself with stones. He had torn all his clothes off and was 
naked. 

If I were to meet a man like that ! suppose I would run away but 
Jesus didn't. What do you think the man did when he saw Jesus? 
The Bible says he saw Jesus when he was afar off and ran to Him 
and worshipped Him. Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to 
come out of him. He cried with a loud voice, "What have I to do 
with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God. Don't torment 
me." Jesus said, "What is your name?" He answered, "Legion, for 
we are many." 

It's a little hard to understand who is talking — the devils, or the 
man, but by knowing how it all turned out we know the devils that 
were in the man were using him to talk for them. "Legion" means a 
great number. In the Roman army a legion was six thousand men. 

There was a large herd of about two thousand pigs feeding 
nearby and the devils begged Jesus to let them enter the pigs. 
Jesus commanded them to go and the devils went into the pigs. 
How do you think the pigs liked that? They didn't. They took off like 
they were possessed (which they were) and ran down a steep 
place to the sea and were drowned. 

There were men who were feeding the pigs. When they saw the 
pigs were drowned, they went and told the owners what had 
happened. They came to Jesus from the city and the country and 
saw Legion sitting and clothed and in his right mind. The ones who 
were feeding the pigs told all about what had happened and the 
men were afraid. Then they begged Jesus to go away. They were 
more concerned over the loss of their pigs than they were about 
how wonderful it was that Jesus had healed and clothed this 
Legion. Where did Jesus get clothes? We don't know, but Jesus 



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can do anything. If Jesus could calm a storm, heal the sick, bring 
the dead to life and make the blind see, I'm sure He could put 
clothes on a man by just speaking the word. 

Legion wanted Jesus to take him along but Jesus said, "Return 
to your own house and show how great things God has done unto 
you." So he went and told everyone in the city of Decapolis what 
Jesus had done for him so that the people marvelled. After a time 
Jesus came again to the same place. Because of what Legion had 
said, the people gladly received Jesus and were all waiting for Him. 

Has Jesus ever done anything for you? Everything we have, the 
air we breath, the water we drink, the food we eat and the clothes 
we wear are all from God. Jesus can also cleanse you from sin and 
the power of the devil. Will you be a missionary for Jesus like 
Legion? 

Brother Rudy Cover 

A WICKED QUEEN 

I Kings 21 

Queen Jezebel was arrayed in her finest robes of crimson and 
purple velvet. Several bracelets of gold adorned her bare arms. 
Silver ear rings hung almost to her shoulders and jangled in 
confusion as she haughtily tossed her head. Most of the morning 
hours were spent dressing with meticulous care for she wanted to 
impress the visitors, who were invited to the palace. With pain- 
staking exactness her maids had pencilled each eyebrow, a dusky 
black. Her mouth looked like a gash of blood. Her painted cheeks 
were feverishly bright and seemed to emphasize the glitter of her 
cruel eyes. 

Impatiently, Jezebel tapped her daintily clad foot on the marble 
floor. Where was her husband, King Ahab? Already the sundial 
pointed toward the middle of the day. What had happened to 
detain him? She quickly summoned a passing servant, "Go, and 
tell King Ahab that he must dress speedily for our guests will soon 
arrive!" 

The servant shook his head, "Nay, Mistress, he was very angry 
when he came into the house, several hours ago. The door of his 
room is still closed and no one has dared to disturb him all 
morning." 

"What!" exclaimed the queen, "You would refuse to obey me? 
Go, at once, and tell him that ! have called him." With a shrug the 
servant turned away. Soon he was back. "There is no response to 
my knocking," he said. 



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"Nonsense, I will go myself and find out what detains him." 
Pushing the door open, Jezebel entered his room. King Ahab lay 
upon his bed, his face turned to the wall. "Arise quickly and dress 
speedily for our guests will soon be here! The servants are even 
now preparing the meal!" 

Beneath the rumpled covers came the muttered words, "Go 
away, I want nothing to eat and my heart is too heavy for 
merriment." 

"What is the meaning of this behavior?" demanded the queen. 
"What could possibly upset the supreme ruler of Israel that he is 
brought to such a low state of mind?" 

"Naboth will not sell me his vineyard, which I especially desire to 
own, not only because it is near the palace, but also because the 
soil is ideal for the growing of herbs. The stubborn fellow refuses 
to sell it, neither will he accept one in exchange since the vineyard 
was inherited from his father." 

The queen stamped her foot, "Where is your reasoning? Are you 
not king of Israel? Do you not govern the land? Arise, eat and be 
merry, I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite!" 

A wicked scheme was rapidly forming in her mind. There was no 
time to waste. How eager she was for revenge. Quickly she entered 
the king's study, where the writing materials were kept. How could 
a lowly subject such as Naboth, refuse to give her husband, the 
king, the portion of land that he desired? Jezebel ground her teeth 
In rage. Her eyes glittered with hate. After writing letters to the 
elders and nobles in the city, she sealed each one with the king's 
seal, making the decree final, then she sent servants to deliver 
each letter to its destination. 

When the elders and nobles opened the letters they were 
astonished to read the instructions. Naboth, who was a respect- 
able citizen, was to be set on high among the people as a public 
example. Two false witnesses were to be chosen to speak lies 
against him saying that he had blasphemed against God and the 
king. Then Naboth was to be carried out and stoned until he died. 
Even though these men were amazed at these unjust proceedings, 
they also feared the king and hasted to carry out the instructions. 

Naboth was rudely snatched away from his gardening and set on 
high among the people. "What have I done to deserve this harsh 
treatment?" inquired Naboth. 

"It's the king's orders!" was the only answer he received. 
Throngs of people had gathered. Two rough characters emerged 
from the crowd, shaking their fists and muttering curses. "This 
fellow had blasphemed against God and the King! Stone him, he is 
not fit to live!" With an angry roar, this innocent man was drug 
away and stoned to death. 



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Queen Jezebel was soon notifed of his death. What a wicked 
heart she must have had to condemn an innocent man to death just 
to gain her own selfish desires. With grim satisfaction, Jezebel 
entered Ahab's room once more. "Did I not tell thee that I would 
give thee the vineyard of Naboth that you so much desired? Arise, 
and take possession of it for Naboth is dead and the vineyard is 
yours!" 

Wickedness does not go unpunished. God brought evil upon the 
house of Ahab. God punished this evil woman with a horrible 
death. Her own servants threw her down from a high window, 
where she fell to the street below. Horses and chariots ran over her 
body and dogs ate her flesh so that when they came to bury her 
they could find no more than the skull, and the feet and the palms 
of her hands. This was a sorry end for the queen, who had no time 
for God in her life. Her heart was bound up in riches, costly 
possessions, and selfish pride. She was very vain and she is the 
only women mentioned in the Bible who painted her face. 

Many women today, paint their faces, pluck their eyebrows and 
wear their hair in many unbecoming and ridiculous fashions. They 
also are willing to follow the immodest fashions of dressing. These 
are traits manifesting a proud and sinful heart and are the direct 
opposite of the Christian woman, who has a meek and quiet spirit 
and dresses in modest attire. Who would want to be like the wicked 
Queen Jezebel? 

Sister Maxine E. Surbey 

7440 Reisert Dr. 

West Milton, Ohio 45383 

GOING TO WORSHIP 

When Jesus was only twelve years old. He went with His parents 
to the Temple in Jerusalem. We find Jesus made no excuses but 
went with them to worship. Do we find this in our homes today? 
How many of the children love to go to Church? I am speaking not 
only of Christian homes but also of those who do not try to have 
Christ in their home. Are they, as parents, willing to send their 
child to the house of worship if they do not care to go themselves? 
I believe if we bring our little ones up to go to church, when they 
have their own homes they will have a great desire to attend 
church. It is very sad for me to see children brought up in these 
homes where Christ is not a part, where they are not making any 
preparation for the life hereafter. They are too busy out at the lake 
or some place of entertainment. 

We never read in the Bible of people having a sickness called 
Sunday sickness, but we find it today. When Sunday is gone they 
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this old world needs is prayer. If we have regular Bible study and 
prayer with our children, I am sure we will find them ready on 
Sunday to spend the day with others in the house of worship. What 
are we doing as followers of Jesus to help these dear children who 
do not know the happiness one receives by going to the place of 
worship? Let us take this to the Lord and see if He will direct us to a 
soul that needs His love and care in bringing up his family for the 
Lord. 

Staying away from God's house of worship seems to be 
contageous. It attacks the soul. I am sure prayer is the answer. He 
will answer if we pray in Faith believing and then wait for the 
answer. Everyone needs to go to church to get food for his soul so 
he can grow Spiritually. It is the same as in our every day life, we 
must have food daily so our bodies will grow. We want the spiritual 
part to grow, so the more we attend services, the more we grow 
spiritually and become more like Christ. We all want to grow more 
like the Master so we need to meet with those of like precious faith 
and sing the songs of Zion. 

What would our week be like if we did not look forward to 
Sunday? When I was a child I would count the days till Sunday. To 
a child, it seemed so long until Sunday would come again. I am 
sure it was because I loved to go to Church. I still love to go to 
Church. And I love to go to Conference, where I can meet those I 
have not been able to visit with for awhile. Seeing their bright 
smiling faces and having sweet fellowship, we have joy together. 
There is no money that can buy that sweet fellowship with those of 
like precious faith. I am sure none of us will ever forget these 
precious memories. Let us keep on labouring till the Master calls 
each of us to His Home beyond the River and the stars, that shine 
from Heaven's Blue. 

I am on the journey that I have been traveling for some time. It 
may be very long, but in my heart there is a song. I have no 
thoughts of trouble, I am hoping to reach my home before long. 
Although the road may be rough and it goes very slow, though 
rains, sleet and snow may come, if we have Christ as our guide we 
will get home at the close of the day. We find the same things on 
life's journey. As we travel here below some days are very dark and 
dreary, but we just sing a song. Let us travel on though the wind 
may blow. Many times we may fall but we must look beyond the 
storm clouds for that silver lining, knowing God can conquer all. 
Our sight may grow dim but soon we'll settle down forever, where 
the storms will never blow. 



Sister E. M. Alltus 



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DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, THE BIBLE MADE PLAIN 

Continued from December 1, 1979 Issue 

The Book of Judges gives the history of Israel during the time of 
the fourteen Judges. We think of these in three different periods. 
First, the period immediately after the death of Joshua; Second, 
the period of the seven apostacies, six servitudes, and civil war; 
Third, the period of confusion and anarchy. The Book of Judges 
may be compared, as a companion book, with the Book of 
Galatians. Let us compare the relapse of Israel into idolatry with 
the backsliding of the Galatian Church into ceremonialism. 

We note: Character studies in those days, such as Deborah, 
Gideon, Jephtha and Samson. God also raised up Ruth and finally 
Samuel in IsraeL Also there was Hannah, Eli and the sins of his 
sons. God revealed to Samuel the destruction of Eli's house. Israel 
was again overcome by the Philistines. The Ark of God was taken. 
Hophni and Phineas were slain. Eli hearing the tidings fell back- 
ward and his neck broke. 

The prayer of the righteous changed things. Samuel prayed and 
the Philistines were discomfited. By the occasion of the ill govern- 
ment of Samuel's sons the Israelites asked for a king. We have 
reason to believe that God did not want them to be like other 
nations and have a worldly kingdom. 

Samuel warns them how their king would rule over them. I Sam. 
8:18-22, "And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king 
which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in 
that day. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of 
Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That 
we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, 
and go out before us, and fight our battles." This reminds us of 
some professed followers of Christ today, attempting to follow 
Him, yet striving to be like the world, looking to secular Govern- 
ment to solve all their problems rather than trusting God. "And 
Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them 
In the ears of the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, Harken unto 
their voice, and make them a king." God did not at that time 
forsake His people Israel, but still recognized them in their earthly 
kingdom, (a kingdom of flesh) among the kingdoms of this world. 
God had not yet set up His Spiritual kingdom, "which shall never 
be destroyed." Dan. 2:44. 

Let us now follow the kingdom of Israel, through the time of their 
reign on the earth, until they lost It and were carried away Into 
Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom. Note: Israel's first earthly 



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king, Saul. God revealed to Samuel, SauTs coming and his 
appointment to the kingdom, or kingship, and also his "anointing," 
I Sam. 9:15-17; I Sam. 10:1. 

"And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the 
man whom I spake to thee of! This same shall reign over my 
people." Nevertheless Samuel did not yet tell Saul the matter of the 
kingdom. 

While God allowed His people to become an earthly kingdom 
and have a king, yet It seems it was not His will, from the following 
verses, I Sam. 10:17-19, "And Samuel called the people together 
unto the Lord to Mizpeh; And said unto the children of Israel, Thus 
saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and 
delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand 
of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: And ye have this 
day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your 
adversaries and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, 
but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the 
Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands." We do not wonder 
that God did not want His people to have an earthly, fleshly 
kingdom, for we hear Christ, who is the son of God, saying that His 
kingdom, the "kingdom of heaven," Is "not of this world." John 
18:36. Nevertheless, we find that God preserved and led His earthly 
people, when they would obey Him, until such a time, that He 
would set up His spiritual everlasting kingdom for all those who 
would accept it. 

Samuel then tells Saul the "manner of the kingdom," and after he 
is confirmed they renew the kingdom. I Sam. 11:12-15; This, 
Samuel, "wrote it Into a book and laid it up before the Lord." Hence 
Saul was "... made king before the Lord in Gilgal; and there they 
sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there 
Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly." 

Saul entered into kingsfiip, I Sam. 14:47, but it wasn't long until 
God rent the kingdom from him, I Sam. 15:28; 28:16-17, and gave it 
to David. II Sam. 3:9-10, "So do God to Abner, and more also, 
except, as the Lord hath sworn to David, even so I do to him; To 
translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the 
throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to 
Beersheba." 

In our next article we will discuss the kingdom in the house of 
David, until the time the kingdom was divided. 



Brother William Root 



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OBITUARIES 

EMMA J. SAUERWEIN 

Sister Emma J. Sauerwein, 79, formerly of R. 2, Littlestown, 
Pennsylvania, departed this life, Saturday, October 6, 1979, at the 
Golden Age Nursing Home, Hanover, Pennsylvania, following an 
extended illness. 

She was the daughter of the late Filmore S. and Alice Harner 
Bowers and the widow of Bro. Jesse A. Sauerwein, who preceded 
her in death, December, 1959. 

Born in Carroll County, Maryland, she was a charter member of 
the Walnut Grove Dunkard Brethren Church and showed a 
constant interest in the church. 

She is survived by: children — Sis. Glenn W. (Dottie) Pifer of R. 
2, York Springs; Sis. Ruthanna G. Sauerwein of Green Acres, R. 6, 
Gettysburg; Sis. Emmert O. (Betty) Shelly of R. 2, Littlestown and 
Jesse J. Sauerwein of 4406 Teeter Road, Taneytown; nine grand- 
children; four great-grandchildren; brother, Walter Bowers, 
Manchester, Maryland; sisters, Mrs. Minnie Lockner of R. 1, 
Abbottstown and Mrs. Ruth Wantz of R. 2, New Oxford. 

Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 8, 1979, at 
2 p.m. from the Littles' Funeral Home, Littlestown, with Brethren 
Howard J. Surbey and Fred O. Pifer officiating. Her body was laid 
to rest in the Mummert's Meetinghouse Cemetery, Abbottstown, 
Pennsylvania. 

God sees when the footsteps all falter 
When the pathway has grown too steep; 

Then He touches the weary eyelids 
And gives His dear ones sleep. 

"Rest the tired feet now forever; 

Dear wrinkled hands are so still. 
Blast of the earth shall no longer 

Throw o'er our loved one a chill. 

Angels through Heaven will guide her; 

Jesus will still bless and keep 
Not for the world would we wake her, 

Mother has fallen asleep." 

Beautiful rest for the weary, 

Well, deserved rest for the true, 
When our life's journey is ended 

We shall again be with you. 



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We wish to thank you for the prayers offered, for the lovely cards 
sent to our Mother during her illness and for the prayers, sympathy 
cards, and acts of kindness shown to us after her death. Your 
thoughtfulness was deeply appreciated. May God bless each of 
you. 

The Family 

MINNIE CLAPPER 

Sis. Minnie Clapper was born July 27, 1891, to Jacob B. and 
Mary (Weis) Flory near Jewell, Ohio, and passed away on October 
7, 1979, at the age of 88 years, 2 months and 10 days. 

In early youth she surrendered her heart to the Lord Jesus and 
was baptized and became a member of the Poplar Ridge German 
Baptist Church. In 1926 she and her husband became charter 
members of the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church near 
West Unity, Ohio. 

On June 3, 1917, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Emery A. 
Clapper of Bryan, Ohio. They spent the remainder of their lives in 
or near Bryan, Ohio. Her husband, Emery, preceded her in death 
on September 7, 1961; also, a daughter, Velma Ruth, died at 3 
months of age. 

Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Stanley (Mary Ann) Martin, 
Pioneer, Ohio; Mrs. Sylvan (Olive June) Jodray, Lima, Ohio, and 
Miss Donnabell Clapper at home; seven grandchildren and eight 
great-grandchildren; one sister, Stella Rupp, Pioneer, Ohio, and 
one brother, Henry Flory, Defiance, Ohio. One brother, Edward 
Flory, passed away in 1957. 

She is gone but not forgotten — 

All her tasks on earth are done — 

Hard she worked toward each endeavor 

Till His great reward was won. 

See, she sleeps in peaceful comfort 
And her loved ones shed a tear. 
Gather, closer, gather closer, 
She has nothing now to fear. 

For she rests; she rests in comfort. 
She has only gone to sleep. 
We who loved her linger near her, 
But we do not need to weep. 

The funeral services were conducted at the Greenisen and Tilton 
Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 1979 by Elder 
Harley Flory, assisted by Bro. Dennis St. John and Elder Dean 
St. John. Interment was in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan, Ohio. 



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MARRIAGE 

PHAM - WEAVER 

Miss Kim Lien Pham, Pottsville, Pennsylvania and Bro. Wayne 
Weaver, son of Bro. and Sis. Albert Weaver, R. 1, Bernville, 
Pennsylvania were united in marriage June 30, 1979 in St. Patrick's 
Church, Pottsville, Pennsylvania by Monsignior John Boyle. The 
couple's present address is R. 1, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania 17961. 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

The teachers who are using the Sunday School booklet 
prepared by the Bible Study Board should plan to continue using 
the "Old Testament Stories" booklet during the first quarter of 
1980. At that time a new booklet containing "New Testament 
Stories" will be available. 

Bible Study Board 

NOTICE 

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original or selected, to be sure to attach their names. Material sent 
in anonymously will not be printed. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JANUARY 

Jan. 6 — The Preaching of John the Baptist - Luke 3:1-14. 
Jan. 13 — The Baptism and Lineage of Jesus - Luke 3:15-38. 
Jan. 20 — Satan Tempts Jesus - Luke 4:1-13. 
Jan. 27 — Jesus Preaches in Nazareth - Luke 4:14-32. 

QUESTIONS: 

(1) What did John preach in all the country about Jordan? 
Luke 3:3. 

(2) What did John say unto the soldiers when they asked him, 
''And what shall we do?" Luke 3:14. 

(3) What did John say that Jesus would baptize with? Luke 3:16. 

(4) What great witness happened at Jesus' baptism to prove to 
the people that He was the Son of God? Luke 3:22. 

(5) How long a time was Jesus tempted In the wilderness by 
Satan? Luke 4:2. 

(6) What did Satan want Jesus to do more than anything else? 
Luke 4:6-7. 

(7) Where did Jesus go after He was tempted of the devil? Luke 
4:14-16. 

(8) From what book did Jesus read in the synagogue of 
Nazareth? Luke 4:17-18. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JANUARY, 1980 
DELIVERANCE 



Memory Verse: Phil. 3:13, 14 
Brethren, I count not myself to 
have apprehended: but this one 
thing I do, forgetting those things 
which are behind, and reaching 
forth unto those things which are 
before, I press toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus. 

Tues. 1 - Phil. 3:1-21 

Wed. 2- Jer 22:1-19 

Thur. 3 - Jer. 22:20-30 

Fri. 4- Jer. 24:1-10 

Sat. 5 -Jer. 29:1-19 

Memory Verse: Jer. 39:18 
For I will surely deliver thee, and 
thou Shalt not fall by the sword, 
but thy life shall be for a prey unto 
thee: because thou hast put thy 
trust in me, saith the Lord. 

Sun. 6 - Jer. 29:20-32 

Mon. 7- Jer. 32:1-25 

Tues. 8 - Jer. 32:26-44 

Wed. 9- Jer. 34:1-22 

Thur. 10- Jer. 37:1-21 

Fri. 11 -Jer. 38:1-28 

Sat. 12- Jer. 39:1-18 

Memory Verse: Eze. 3:21 
Nevertheless if thou warn the 
righteous man, that the righteous 
sin not, and he doth not sin, he 
shall surely live, because he Is 
warned; also thou hast delivered 
thy soul. 

Sun. 13- Jer. 42:1-22 

Mon, 14- Jer. 43:1-13 

Tues. 15- Jer 46:1-28 

Wed. 16- Jer. 51:1-19 

Thur. 17- Jer. 51:20-40 

Fri. 18- Jer. 51:41-64 

Sat. 19 -Lam. 1:1-22 

Memory Verse: Eze. 7:19 
They shall cast their silver in the 
streets, and their gold shall be 
removed: their silver and their 
gold shall not be able to deliver 



them in the day of the wrath of the 
Lord: they shall not satisfy their 
souls, neither fill their bowels: 
because it is the stumbling block 
of their iniquity. 

Sun. 20- Lam. 5:1-22 

Mon. 21 - Eze. 3:1-27 

Tues. 22- Eze. 7:1-27 

Wed. 23 - Eze. 11:1-25 

Thur. 24- Eze. 13:1-23 

Fri. 25- Eze. 14:1-23 

Sat. 26- Eze. 17:1-24 

Memory Verse: Eze. 14:20 
Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, 
were in it, as I live, saith the Lord 
God, they shall deliver neither 
son nor daughter; they shall but 
deliver their own souls by their 
righteousness. 

Sun. 27- Eze. 21:1-17 

Mon. 28- Eze. 21:18-32 

Tues. 29- Eze. 25:1-17 

Wed. 30- Eze. 31:1-18 

Thur. 31 - Eze. 33:1-33 

Memory Verses: Eze. 33:4, 5 
Then whosoever heareth the 
sound of the trumpet, and taketh 
not warning; if the sword come, 
and take him away, his blood shall 
be upon his own head. He heard 
the sound of the trumpet, and 
took not warning; his blood shall 
be upon him. But he that taketh 
warning shall deliver his soul. 

Eze. 33:12 
Therefore, thou son of man, say 
unto the children of thy people, 
The righteousness of the 
righteous shall not deliver him in 
the day of his transgression: as for 
the wickedness of the wicked, he 
shall not fall thereby in the day, 
that he turneth from his wicked- 
ness; neither shall the righteous 
be able to live for his righteous- 
ness in the Hav that he sinneth.